Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed he wants striker Edin Dzeko to stay at Manchester City.
The 27-year-old's future has been the focus of much speculation in the summer as City have continued to be linked with a number of strikers, including Fiorentina's Stevan Joveti and Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo.
Speaking before taking charge of his first game as City boss against Supersport United in Pretoria, the Chilean moved quickly however to quash suggestions that Dzeko was not in his plans.
"I spoke with Dzeko while he was on holiday," said Pellegrini.
"He doesn't have any problem. He'll stay.
"For me, he's a very important player and I'm sure that he will give, this season, the performances we know he can."
Following their disappointment in reclaiming the Premier League title last season, the Citizens have bolstered their squad with the signings of Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, and Pellegrini revealed he was still keen to do more business.
"We will sign maybe two or three more players," he said.
City are rated as 3.25 to win the Premier League next season, with Chelsea 3.25.