Inter striker Edin Dzeko has rejected the club’s initial contract extension offer at reduced wages.

This according to Italian news outlet, who report that the 36-year-old doesn’t want to take a pay cut given his continued importance to the team, and prefers to wait until closer to the end of the season to negotiate a new deal.

Inter have already made their initial offer of a contract extension to Dzeko, who they’ve made clear that they want to keep for at least another season.

The Bosnian’s performances this campaign have convinced the Nerazzurri that his future should be secured.

However, the Nerazzurri’s offer is at lower wages than the former Roma, Manchester City, and Wolfsburg striker currently earns.

As far as the player is concerned, however, the continued impact he has for the team on the pitch would warrant a new contract at the same wages that he currently earns.

Accordingly, Calciomercato reports, Dzeko is ready to wait until closer to the end of the season, and to base the contract negotiations on his displays over the course of an entire campaign.