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Six Manchester City players face uncertain futures

Friday 7th April 2017
Pep Guardiola is expected to make major personnel changes this summer as he aims to improve his squad for next season. With six Manchester City player's contracts ending, futures remain undecided. Which stars will stay at the Etihad?

Willy Caballero

During his first two seasons at Man City, Caballero was employed as Joe Hart's back-up, featuring in just six Premier League games. This campaign, the former Malaga shot-stopper has capitalised on Claudio Bravo's struggles, appearing in twenty contests in all competitions.

The Citizens are likely to sign a new goalkeeper next transfer window. Hart doesn't expect to return to the Etihad. Bravo is lacking confidence. Although Caballero has proven dependable, at thirty-five, he isn't a long-term solution. The Argentine might sign a one-year deal to provide cover next season.

Gael Clichy

Gael Clichy has been a good servant for six seasons since arriving from Arsenal. The club's most-used left-back with thirty appearances this campaign, nineteen in the Premier League, the speedy defender is yet to shine in Guardiola's system.

Fullback continues to be a significant problem for the Citizens. After previously working with world-class talents such as Dani Alves and Philipp Lahm, their Spanish manager expects players in that role to have exceptional skills on the ball. New recruits should arrive this summer but City may decide to retain Clichy on a short-term contract.

Pablo Zabaleta

In his ninth season with Manchester's blue half, Zabaleta quickly earned a reputation as the best right-back in English football, though his powers have since waned. He played an important role in two title triumphs and was also voted Etihad Player of the Year in 2012-13.

Under Guardiola's leadership, the thirty-two-year-old has been used sparingly. Despite his excellent defensive ability, he has started just ten league games. Although a warrior on the pitch, he isn't suited to his manager's ultra-attacking style.  Zabaleta's Manchester City connection is approaching its conclusion.

Bacary Sagna

Since switching from London to Manchester in June 2014, Bacary Sagna has never fully reached expectations. Despite sixty-five caps for France, Sagna is no longer guaranteed a place in City's first-team. His fourteen league starts see him in the same boat with Zabaleta.

While proving himself reliable, his current club is almost over. Having already signed John Stones, twenty-two, Leroy Sane, twenty-one, and Gabriel Jesus, twenty, Guardiola is building a younger side. At thirty-four, Sagna has little room or time, for further improvement. The French full-back could leave this summer.

Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure is a true Man City legend. During his seven years at the club, he's made two hundred eighty-nine appearances, hitting eighty-one goals. Powerful runs that drove his team forward were crucial in securing two Premier League titles, as well as an FA Cup.
Recently, Toure's role has become less integral. From being completely frozen out of the squad, he's since made 19 starts in all competitions. But Guardiola remains unconvinced that the 33-year-old can implement the footballing philosophy under development at the Etihad. Toure is probably among the Manchester City players leaving this summer. Does China beckon?

Jesus Navas

Jesus Navas joined the Citizens from Sevilla. However, he's failed to deliver in English football. While he has weapons at his disposal, inconsistency holds him back. No goals in nine Premier League starts suggest the situation is unlikely to change in the future. The Spanish winger may depart this summer as his demanding manager requires more from wide men. Navas' pace is a major asset, but to ensure Guardiola's playing style is most effective, those supporting the striker must produce end product on a regular basis. If adequate replacements are found, Navas will be surplus to requirements.
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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