Inter Milan centre-forward Edin Dzeko believes he offers the team more than just goals.
The 37-year-old has been criticised for failing to be prolific but he continues to deliver in key games.
Dzeko broke the deadlock in their Champions League semi-final clash with AC Milan today, volleying in a corner from Hakan Calhanoglu.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled Inter’s lead, and the Nerazzurri could have scored more. They shut down their rivals to take a two-goal advantage into the second leg.
Dzeko told BT Sport: “Sometimes the goals don’t arrive, and people only talk about that, but I bring more than goals to the team.
“I work hard for my teammates, and I scored the goal, but also did important work for the team throughout the match.
“I felt fresher today, perhaps because I rested three days ago. Not just me, but the whole team was fired up because it is not every year you play a Champions League semi-final.
“We were concentrated from the first minute to the last, and in the end, we were rewarded for that.”
Dzeko’s goal brought his tally up to 14 goals for the campaign. He has ousted Romelul Lukaku from the starting XI to partner Lautaro Martinez.
However, questions remain about Dzeko’s future. His contract expires this summer, and there is no news regarding a new deal.
When asked whether he would sign a new contract, the former Manchester City striker directed the question to the club.
Dzeko has been in talks with the club over a one-year extension, but they have not agreed terms and he could walk away for free.