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Where are they now: Manchester City XI on Aleksandar Kolarov debut vs Tottenham in 2010

Former Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has announced his retirement from professional football with his Inter Milan contract coming to an end this month.

The full-back has called time on his playing career at the age of 36, but he will study at the Italian Football Federation to be a scout and sports director.

The two-time Premier League winner joined City from Lazio on a £16million deal in 2010 and made 246 appearances for the Citizens, from which he scored 21 times and laid on 37 assists, before returning to Serie A to join Lazio’s fierce rivals Roma in 2017.

Kolarov, who possesses a cannon of a left foot, amassed 132 appearances for the Giallorossi before moving to his last club Inter, in September 2020.

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The attack-minded Serbian won the Scudetto under Antonio Conte in 2020-21, but he featured just four times for the San Siro outfit last season.

The dead-ball specialist started his career at Cukaricki in his native Serbia before moving to OFK Beograd ahead of his switch to Lazio.

Kolarov was capped 94 times for his country, scoring 11 times and featuring at both the 2010 and 2018 World Cup.

With his playing career coming to a close, TBR takes a look back at the Manchester City XI that started alongside Kolarov on his debut, which was a 0-0 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, in August 2010.

Manchester City XI on Aleksandar Kolarov debut

Joe Hart

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After not being fancied by Pep Guardiola, the former England international looks to have rediscovered his best form at Celtic, following spells with Torino, West Ham, Burnley and Tottenham.

The 35-year-old won the league and cup in his first season with the Hoops, playing 54 games and registering 26 clean sheets.

Micah Richards

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The Manchester City Academy graduate was plagued with injuries throughout his career and that resulted in him announcing his retirement at the age of 31.

Richards played 246 times for the Citizens before spells with Fiorentina and Aston Villa followed. He’s currently working as a pundit for the likes of Sky Sports and BBC.

Kolo Toure

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The former Ivory Coast international is currently working as an assistant manager to Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City.

Following his arrival from Arsenal in July 2009, Kolo spent four seasons at the Etihad before moving to Liverpool.

Vincent Kompany

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The Manchester City legend has recently been appointed the manager of Burnley and the Citizens’ former captain will no doubt be hoping to stamp his own imprint on the relegated Turf Moor side.

The Belgian’s return to England could well result in him targeting some Manchester City players. Following his arrival from Hamburg in 2008, the four-time Premier League winner made 359 appearances for City. Kompany also won two FA Cups and four League Cups during his 11-year stay.

Aleksandar Kolarov

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The 2010 summer signing had to be replaced by Pablo Zabaleta in his first appearance under Roberto Mancini after picking up an injury in north London.

The Serbian wouldn’t feature in any of City’s next nine Premier League games, but he did score his first goal for the Citizens in the Champions League against Napoli.

Gareth Barry

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The 53-time England international spent four seasons as a regular in the Manchester City side following his £12m arrival from Aston Villa for whom he made 443 appearances.

Following a season-long loan at Everton, Barry would join the Toffees on a permanent deal and spend a further three seasons at Goodison Park before finishing his career at West Brom.

Nigel de Jong

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Like Kompany, the tough-tackling midfielder who took no prisoners (just ask Xabi Alonso) arrived from German side Hamburg under Mark Hughes.

The former Netherlands international spent three-and-a-half years in Manchester before joining Serie A giants AC Milan.

De Jong, who played 137 times for the Citizens, retired last summer after spells in America, Turkey, Germany and Qatar.

Shaun Wright-Phillips

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The former pacey winger re-joined Manchester City in 2008 after a three-year spell with Chelsea following his £21m move to Stamford Bridge.

Across two spells, Wright-Phillips played 273 times for City, scoring 48 times and laying on 21 assists. After a four-year stay with Queens Park Rangers, Shaun was reunited with his half-brother Bradley at the New York Red Bulls.

Yaya Toure

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Manchester City signed the dominant midfielder from Barcelona for £24m in July 2010 and went on to score 79 goals in 316 appearances during an eight-year stint at Etihad Stadium. Like Kolarov, the Ivory Coast international also made his Manchester City debut against Spurs.

The African star is undoubtedly one of the greatest midfielders in the Premier League era and on his day he was unplayable – with his trademark lung-busting powerful runs from deep.

After leaving City in 2018, Toure had short spells with former club Olympiacos before joining China League One side Qingdao Huanghai.

The four-time African Footballer of the Year winner has embarked on a career in the dugout and his last position saw him be the assistant manager at Russian Premier League club Akhmat Grozny.

David Silva

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Like Kompany and Yaya Toure, the Spanish magician is another City legend who will go down in folklore and forever be adored at the Etihad.

As well as Yaya and Kolarov, Silva was the third Manchester City player to be making their debut at Spurs. The Citizens paid Valencia £24m to sign the midfield marvel, who possesses a wand of a left foot.

Silva spent ten trophy-filled years in Manchester, making 436 appearances which brought 77 goals and 140 assists. The 36-year-old, who has won the World Cup and two European Championships, returned to Spain with Real Sociedad in 2020.

Carlos Tevez

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Manchester City’s emergence cranked up a notch when the Argentine striker opted to join the blue half of Manchester instead of re-signing with Manchester United.

Putting the controversy aside, Tevez was an incredible player and he scored 73 goals and provided 35 assists from 148 matches for Manchester City. The recently retired forward was the 2010-11 Premier League’s joint top scorer with former United teammate Dimitar Berbatov (20 goals).

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