There are some Manchester City players who will enter the last 12 months of their contract as the month of June approaches.
It is possible some 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 leave the Club in 2020 on free transfers.
There are a number of 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 shock to many – Oleksandr Zinchenko.
There have been talks around a new contract on much-improved terms is on the cards but so far no agreement has been announced, so as it stands we are entering our last 12 months with Zinky.
I suspect 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 refused all terms he's been offered and there are lots of other Clubs ready 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.
Fabian Delph has been degraded 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 homegrown player like Delph from the squad may mean City have to buy another English player as a replacement.
I would not be shocked if Delph joins a new Club this summer.
Eliaquim Mangala has had a slow recovery from a severe knee injury.
When he joined he was an expensive signing, thankfully the amount of time which has passed has made his price look less surreal.
I suspect Mangala will leave this Summer and that Portugal will be the most reasonable destination.
Claudio Bravo has suffered a whole year of injury thanks to a snapped achilles and at 34 years of age, it looks unlikely City will be interested in giving any kind of extension.
Whether Bravo is pleased 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 lapse on 30 June 2020.
At the moment Silva has shown he would like to complete this final season with City and then move, although he is not short of interested Clubs, so it would not be a blow if he left this Summer.
Yet, in my heart, I think Silva will stay and we will have a warm 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 vital role for Guardiola.
Two other players are also out of contract in June 2020, although both have essentially played their football on loan elsewhere.
Patrick Roberts has been at Celtic and Girona and appears likely to spend his last 12 months on another season-long loan.
Probably, there will be a guaranteed fee involved in this deal with Norwich.
Finally Aleix Garcia, who looked 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 a number of these players move on.
On a positive note, it gives some clear space in our squad list for either young players to be elevated or for new signings.
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