Manchester City: Picking Potential Starting XI for Next Season with New Signings

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMay 28, 2012

Manchester City: Picking Potential Starting XI for Next Season with New Signings

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    Manchester City's starting 11 next year could feature a few new faces to add some even more quality to the title-winning squad.

    City has been linked, and will continue to be linked, to a number of new signings, and, as reported by the Daily Mail, Robert Mancini wants the club to spend some money this summer.

    The club also has to think about the possible departures of certain players, with Yaya Toure's agent hinting at a departure for the Ivorian star.

    Here's a potential starting 11 for Manchester City next season if everything falls into place for the club.

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart

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    Pretty easy choice here. The reigning Golden Glove winner in England is a shoo-in to continue as a starter, as he had the most clean sheets in the league and was part of a defense that conceded the least goals.

Right Back: Micah Richards

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    Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta had a similar number of appearances last season, but the Manchester City vice-captain is first choice when fit.

Center Back: Vincent Kompany

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    The captain and rock in the defense, Vincent Kompany will be looking to the lead the club to further glory next season.

Center Back: Javi Martinez

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    Gareth Barry had a very solid season with the club, but if the report from the Daily Mail is true, Javi Martinez may be set to join the club. If that does happen, he may be set to line up beside Vincent Kompany in what could be a very dominant central defensive partnership.

    Per the Daily Mail:

    Martinez, who has seven caps, can also play as a holding midfielder but Sportsmail understands City want him to play alongside Vincent Kompany in their back four.

Left Back: Gael Clichy

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    Gael Clichy came in and reduced Aleksander Kolarov to a squad player whilst almost doubling the number of appearances the former starter had at left back during the season.

Right Central Midfielder: Yaya Toure

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    Despite the speculation presented in the title slide, Manchester City will do all it can to keep Yaya Toure, and will likely succeed.

    After his contributions to the team's eventual championship, Toure is certain to be a starter.

Left Central Midfielder: Gareth Barry

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    Gareth Barry was one of the players with the most appearances for the club last season and was very solid throughout the season. He should retain his spot if City does not sign both Javi Martinez and Thiago Silva.

Right Attacking Midfield: Ezequiel Lavezzi

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    The Daily Mail reported that Ezequiel Lavezzi may be on the move this summer. He would be a great addition to the club and would provide some width to their midfield.

Center Attacking Midfield: David Silva

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    David Silva, the man with the most assists in the Premier League, would line up behind Sergio Aguero again and continue to be the club's creative leader.

Left Attacking Midfield: Samir Nasri

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    Samir Nasri had his critics during his first season at Manchester City, but came up with the goods on one or two occasions to give his side some valuable points.

Striker: Sergio Aguero

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    Sergio Aguero will look to build upon his impressive first season at the Etihad Stadium, and with his talent and all the players surrounding him, he will certainly be able to do just that.