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Dzeko Departure Reveals Club Maturation

Manchester City is a family club that always falls in love with players

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In the previous era of Manchester City's status as a regular contender for major honors (between 1967 and 1973) the thought of the club selling a player that had the resume and number of game-winning goals as Edin Dzeko was preposterous. In the era prior to the Abu Dhabi takeover of the club, accomplished players would be "sold up" like Shaun Wright-Phillips was to Chelsea.

For the first time in the history of many MCFC supporters, we've seen a player leave the club who played a massive role in achieving major trophies. Unfortunately in the era of Financial Fair Play (FFP) and squad limits, players like Dzeko can be critical cogs in two league titles and an FA Cup win (right after he joined the club) can be sold just for financial and squad caps reasons.

Since success is new to our club, many supporters have turned sentimental the last few days since Dzeko was sold to Roma - we've quite frankly never been in this position but it is something as fans of a big club it's part of the territory. But still this week was difficult for many of us - Dzeko's goals were critical to both recent league titles for the Blues and without his instant impact, the club wouldn't have even gotten an FA Cup replay with MK Dons in 2011 let alone the glorious trips to Wembley where we defeated Manchester United and then Stoke.

Good luck in Rome, Edin, we will miss you. But you will always be a City legend.