Manchester City have an ageing squad, and it is clear that some of the players are no longer as influential as they once were.
With the team just scraping into next season’s Champions League, Pep Guardiola will be determined to revitalise the team and turn them into title contenders again. His team are already favourites to win the league next term, but the Spaniard will no doubt make changes.
Considering this, here are five players that might not be at Man City when the 2017/18 season begins. Let us know your thoughts on the selection in the comments section below.
There was no place for Jesus Navas in Spain’s squad for Euro 2016. In all fairness, the Spaniard has not had a horrific season, but it has not been spectacular either.
Navas is a decent enough squad player, who works hard and often beats players on the outside, but he does not possess the world-class attributes that Man City now require. His goal-scoring was basically non-existent this campaign, and he only managed seven assists.
The 30-year-old is one of a handful of Man City players who have been key to their success in recent seasons but has declined since. With Guardiola as manager next season, expectations have risen at City again.
Jesus Navas can easily be replaced with a younger player who is of the same ability, especially with the kind of connections that the former Barcelona manager is able to call upon.
Constant injuries have regularly undermined Vincent Kompany’s ability to hold down a place in Man City’s starting 11 this season. The captain and natural leader is a defensive rock when fit but this is becoming a rare occurrence.
In fact, Kompany’s last appearance for City was the Champions League match against Real Madrid when he went off injured within the opening ten minutes. The 30-year-old is easily Man City’s best defender when fit, but that is not often enough to build a team around him.
To allow him to leave The Etihad will be an extremely hard decision to make, especially as he has been a pivotal part of Man City’s success in recent years, but he will not be available for Pep’s first month in charge.
There is no doubt that Pep will look to buy defenders in the summer, and if they settle in quickly and start frequently, there may be no longer be an assured place for Kompany.
This has been the Ivorian’s worst season in terms of goal-scoring since 2011/12 and Man City have suffered as a result. Touré has still been a regular starter for the club this season, but he has not made much of an impact.
His languid demeanour and opinionated agent have only served to fuel rumours of his unhappiness at Man City. The 33-year-old seems keen to leave the Etihad this summer so City might as well sell him before he is able to leave on a free transfer at the end of next term.
Notably, Pep Guardiola was Barcelona’s manager in 2010 when they sold Touré to Man City. Therefore, while the number 42 was instrumental when Man City won the league in 2012 and 2014, but Guardiola could be the man to move Touré onto a different club yet again.