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Four Manchester City Players Out Of Contract This Summer: Whose Renewal Should Pep Expedite?

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Manchester City haven’t had the greatest of starts to their Premier League season, as Pep Guardiola’s men have already dropped numerous points so far. The Citizens have only just managed to scrape their way into the top half of the table, and currently sit at a frustrating tenth place. While some will argue that they’re obviously going to build their way back up as the season progresses, it must be taken into account that eight games have already been played in the campaign, with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool already within the top six of the table.

Manchester City have registered just 12 points from their seven league matches so far, in a tally that is sure to have Pep Guardiola worried about the condition of his team. Their most recent outing in the competition was against reigning champions Liverpool, where the two sides played out a 1-1 draw, with either team having ample chances to score a second as well. The likes of Ferran Torres and Ruben Dias were brought in during the summer as the manager looked to strengthen, but one thing that must be treated with equal importance is renewing the contracts of some of their existing players.

Let’s see which 4 Manchester City Players Are Out Of Contract Next Summer:

4 Manchester City Players Are Out Of Contract Next Summer - Aguero walks
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Ilkay Guendogan of Manchester City , Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Bernando Silva of Manchester City react after West Ham United score their first goal of the game during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on October 24, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

4 Manchester City Players Are Out Of Contract Next Summer

Taylor Harwood-Bellis

The promising young centre-half already made his impact in the first team, having made starts in both the FA Cup as well as the Carabao Cup. Rated highly within the Manchester City squad, the likelihood of Guardiola’s team letting this youngster leave for free at the end of the season is extremely bleak. The teenager is expected to have a solid future in the first team at Manchester City, even though he hasn’t been offered a contract extension yet, but it’s probably just going to be a matter of time before he is.

Eric Garcia

The Spanish centre-half has been given a number of first-team opportunities over the last couple of seasons and has impressed thoroughly. Although the Citizens were prepared to offer him a new contract last season, his hesitance to sign on is what has led to this sensitive situation. The defender rejected a contract offer from Manchester City last campaign, and was the subject of interest from Barcelona too, as has been clarified by Manchester Evening News. There is a strong possibility that Garcia will leave the club come the end of the season.

4 Manchester City Players Are Out Of Contract Next Summer - Fernandinho in action
Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on September 27, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Fernandinho

The Brazilian veteran has been one of the Citizens’ longest serving players over recent years, having arrived as part of the first wave of signings after the financial takeover. Despite not making an impact immediately, the midfielder has gradually transformed his career at the Etihad into a legendary one. His utility and versatility have been vital to a lot of the success that City have achieved over the last number of seasons. At 35, Fernandinho has undoubtedly slowed down, but if they do let him go without replacing him effectively, it could turn out to be quite the blunder for Guardiola.

Sergio Aguero

The Argentine striker is Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer, but injuries have hindered his progress quite a bit over the last number of seasons. Despite this, Pep Guardiola’s team look like a completely different animal with him leading the line, and extending his contract must be treated with the utmost importance. The last time Aguero extended at Manchester City was back in 2018, and if they’re unable to convince him to do so again, then the English giants could find themselves in a tough spot in terms of the striker situation.

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