Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has backed striker Stevan Jovetic to come good for the club this season after a disappointing first campaign in England.
The Montenegro star only started two games in the Premier League last season after his £22million move from Fiorentina last summer.
He was hampered by a number of injuries but he did show glimpses of his ability towards the end of the campaign as he managed six goals in all competitions.
Pellegrini will be without Alvaro Negredo for the first few months of the season after the Spaniard broke his foot earlier this month, so Jovetic is set to be given a chance.
The 24-year-old scored a brace in his side’s win over AC Milan in the International Champions Cup on Sunday and Pellegrini believes he will kick on over the course of the season ahead.
He said: “Stevan had very bad luck last year. He had a lot of injuries and it’s very difficult for a player to really have an important performance when he can’t play three games in a row.
“This year he’s started pre-season well, and if he continues to work every day, he will demonstrate why he’s here at Manchester City. He’s a very good player.
“Maybe there are a lot of rumours about his future but Stevan will stay here.”
The Citizens managed to hold off Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea last year as they claimed their second title in three years and they are available at 3.00 to win the Premier League again this season.