Man City confirmed players under contract as three stars could leave for free in 2023 – Alex Brotherton
As attentions turn to who Manchester City might try and sign in the summer transfer window, it’s also worth considering which current players could soon by out of contract, and how likely they are to sign new deals or leave.
Fernandinho and Scott Carson were the only two first team players whose deals expire on June 30 this year; the former will leave the Blues after nine years at the club while the latter is expected to sign a new one year deal.
There are a handful of stars who have just over one year left on their current contracts, and with none having signed new deals yet their futures remain uncertain.
Here’s a break-down of the contract situations of every player in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Expires in 2023
Ilkay Gundogan was the final day hero as City clinched a fourth Premier League title in five years, but the 31-year-old has just a year left on his contract.
After recent – inaccurate – reports that Gundogan was flying abroad to conduct negotiations with other teams, Guardiola publicly stated his desire for the German midfielder to stay. Gundogan is happy in Manchester, but would like to play more than he did this season.
Gabriel Jesus looks set to leave this summer, as he looks to be come a first-choice striker at a Premier League side. While City would like to keep him around, that is a role Guardiola cannot offer him, especially with the arrival of Erling Haaland. Talks have taken place between Jesus’ representatives and Arsenal, while Tottenham and Juventus are also interested.
Raheem Sterling has not hit his highest level at City since 2019/20, a dip that has seen him lose his place as a sure-starter. He has said that he will resolve his future after England’s Nations League fixtures this month. If City can’t persuade Sterling to stay, then they may look to sell him this summer to avoid losing him for nothing in 2023.
Riyad Mahrez was City’s top scorer in all competitions this summer, but at 31 it seems unlikely that City would offer him another multi-year deal to keep him at the Etihad Stadium beyond 2023. With Jesus set to leave it would be risky to offload Mahrez too, so perhaps a one or two year extension could be in the offing.
Expires in 2024
The six-year contract that Phil Foden signed in 2018 expires in 2024, and despite widespread reports last autumn that he had signed a new six-year, no new deal was announced.
With Foden perfectly happy at the Blues and his role in Guardiola’s side only set to increase, it’s probably only a matter of time before he puts pen to paper.
Oleksandr Zinchenko has two-years left on his current deal, but he is a wanted man. Arsenal are interested in the Ukrainian star, and it’s believed that with the promise of more regular game-time on offer, it will take some effort from City to keep him.
Kyle Walker is a key part of Guardiola’s side, as despite being 32 he is one of the team’s top performers. By 2024 he will be 34, perhaps a little too old to play full-back in a Guardiola side.
Rodri was one of City’s best players this season, looking right at home after two-years of adaptation following a £60m move from Atletico Madrid. The 25-year-old has made positive noises about signing a new deal to extend his stay beyond 2024.
Expires in 2025
Kevin de Bruyne
Expires in 2026
Expires in 2027