There are a number of Manchester City players who will enter the last 12 months of their contract as we get to June. It is likely a number of these players will be moved on this Summer, although others may get the chance to see out their contract in full as a reward for services rendered.
A total of 9 Manchester City players who are, or have been, in the First Team Squad will be able to depart the Club in 2020 on free transfers. There are some players who are in this pot who we would love to keep – some who may have reached the end of their career and we will wish them well for their futures and some others who may provoke some mixed reactions from the fans.
The first player on this list will be a surprise to many – Oleksandr Zinchenko. There have been rumours around a new contract on much improved terms is on the cards but so far no confirmation has been announced, so as it stands we are entering our last 12 months with Zinky. I expect City will sign Zinky to a new long term contract as a reward for his efforts.
Next up is Ilkay Gundogan. He was Pep Guardiola’s first signing back on 1 July 2016 and he cost a total of £24 million. So far he has rejected all terms we have offered and there are plenty of other Clubs willing to offer new contracts to the German International. I think Gundogan will only go if a replacement is agreed, otherwise we will let him run his contract down.
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Fabian Delph has been reduced to a bit part player during 2018/19 thanks to the form of Zinchenko, but as an England international he will not be short of suitors. Losing a home grown player like Delph from our squad may mean we have to buy another English player as a replacement. I would not be surprised if Delph joins a new Club this summer.
Eliaquim Mangala has had a slow recovery from a serious knee injury. When he joined he was an expensive signing, thankfully the amount of time which has passed has made his price seem less surreal. I expect Mangala will leave this Summer and that Portugal will be the most likely destination.
Claudio Bravo has suffered an entire year of injury thanks to a snapped achilles and at 34 years of age it seems unlikely City will be interested in offering any kind of extension. Whether Bravo is happy to sit out his twilight season is unclear but I would expect him to return to Spain this summer.
David Silva joined Manchester City on 14 June 2010 and his contract is due to expire on 30 June 2020. At the moment Silva has indicated he would like to complete this final season with City and then leave, although he is not short of interested Clubs, so it would not be a surprise if he left this Summer. Yet, in my heart I think Silva will stay and we will have an emotional send off in May 2020.
Fernandinho is now 34 and by next May will be 35. This will be his last season at Manchester City and I believe he will remain with the Club for the next 12 months where he will play another important role for Guardiola.
Two other players are also out of contract in June 2020, although both have mainly played their football on loan elsewhere. Patrick Roberts has been at Celtic and Girona and seems likely to spend his last 12 months on another season long loan. Hopefully there will be a guaranteed fee involved in this deal with Norwich. Finally Aleix Garcia, who seemed full of promise when he broke through under Pellegrini, but has spent most of the last 2 years on loan.
So the 9 players with expiring contracts are something of a mixed bag for fans – but there are some moments of real sadness to come as some of these players move on. On a positive note, it provides some clear space in our squad list for either young players to be promoted or for new signings.