Manchester City players: Stay or go?
FootyOn look at whether 10 Manchester City players should stay or go from the Etihad this summer.
Many Manchester City players are out of contract this summer, leaving Pep Guardiola and the board with some tough decisions.
City were once again frustrated in their quest for a maiden Champions League crown.
They also have what looks an insurmountable gap of 12 points to bridge on Premier League leaders Chelsea with 10 games to go.
Football gossip columns are rife with speculation about who Man City may sign and who could make way for new arrivals.
Here, we assess whether 10 Manchester City players should stay or go…
England goalkeeper Hart feels he’s “surplus to requirements” at the Etihad after Guardiola farmed him out on loan to Serie A side Torino.
That leaves his long-term future with City in real doubt, despite replacement Claudio Bravo struggling.
Hart’s next destination is the subject of many column inches already, so it looks inevitable he won’t return to the Etihad.
The only other Englishman in our countdown is ex-Aston Villa captain Delph, whose City contract expires in 2020.
A combination of injuries and being out of favour makes his controversial Etihad arrival seem even more ill-judged now.
Delph has featured just 10 times for Man City in his second season with them, and he’s played a full game just twice.
Guardiola demands certain qualities from his midfielders, and this one is not in the same league as greats who have blossomed under the Catalan coach.
In order to revive a stalling career, Delph has to get first-team football and that looks like being elsewhere.
The goals of Argentina marksman Aguero have helped fire Man City to two Premier League titles and both domestic cups.
When fit he is lethal in front of goal, yet Guardiola dropped him in favour of the currently injured Gabriel Jesus a few weeks back.
Although the City boss insists he wants to keep him, Aguero could be forgiven for weighing up his options.
He has unfinished business here, though, and among Manchester City players he remains key.
Spain winger Navas is one of a number of Manchester City players on this list who are out of contract this summer.
Guardiola doesn’t fancy his experience on the flanks over more youthful legs, and that is evidenced by Navas completing 90 minutes just seven times in all competitions going into the March international break.
In fact, he’s played over an hour in 10 matches all season. New pastures, perhaps even a return to Sevilla, lie in Navas’ future, then.
What is Guardiola to do with City skipper Kompany?
The Belgian is increasingly injury-prone, but has two years left on his current contract.
When fit, he is a commanding defensive presence.
Guardiola has hardly seen whether Kompany is his type of player, though, as he’s managed just six games all season.
If he could get a pre-season under his belt and prove his fitness, then we might see a revival.
Whether Guardiola will give Kompany that chance remains to be seen, with a £50m bid for Leonardo Bonucci again cropping up in the press.
We’re talking about one of the integral Manchester City players in any success they’ve had here, though.
Former France full back Clichy is another whose deal ends in the summer.
He’s been in and out of Guardiola’s XI, and is yet to play more than three consecutive Premier League games this term.
Chopping and changing of this nature is not simply down to injuries alone.
Guardiola is clearly unhappy with his full back options, and that area should receive plenty of attention when it comes to the transfer window.
Guardiola faces a similar conundrum with Toure as he does with Kompany.
Only the former is out of contract at the Etihad this summer.
Yet another of Manchester City players designated as key to their success, Toure has this pesky agent who keeps his client in the spotlight.
Player and manager have had fallings out in the past too.
Toure has never really recaptured the heights of his 20-goal Premier League campaign in 2013/14.
A big payday, perhaps in the MLS, or maybe the Chinese Super League, looks an easy option for him.
The most solid of Man City’s full backs is Zabaleta, but he has suffered with injuries as he’s got older.
A loyal servant to the club beyond doubt, it is a question of whether there is room for sentiment among ruthless ambition that drives this club?
Zabaleta’s deal is up at the end of the season, so expect him, albeit with a heavy heart, to be looking elsewhere.
Fellow custodian Bravo has flattered to deceive as Hart’s replacement, and Caballero boasts better keeping stats than the Chilean.
His seven clean sheets and 18 goals conceded from 19 games this term put Caballero at a shut-out percentage of 37.
Bravo is keeping clean sheets in under a third of his appearances, however, and letting in an average of more than a goal per game.
These stats thus support not letting Caballero leave the Etihad.
And finally, the eldest of Man City’s three out of contract full backs is Sagna at 34.
Like fellow Frenchman Clichy, he is yet to start more than three successive Premier League games this term.
Younger legs are clearly needed at full back for Guardiola, so Sagna should be on his way.
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