Manchester City To Lose 16 Players Before Next Season

Daniel GoochAnalyst IApril 1, 2009

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22:  Shaun Wright Phillips of Manchester City shows his frustration after missing a chance during the FA Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the City of Manchester Stadium on March 22, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Mark Hughes may axe up to 16 of his players from his squad this summer, in pursuit of a top six place finish.

To save his job for the next year he has to show what he can do an improve his team next season. His bosses in Abu Dhabi have given him their support.

He wants to throw away the 'hanger-ons', and bring in some new talent with help from the billions of pounds from owner Sheikh Mansour.

Hughes said, "Although we have brought players in, we haven’t shed a great deal. We’ll have to do that because we have to have a manageable squad."

City player, and the British record singing, Robinho, has said he wants to stay at the club and the boss seems to be willing to keep him.

Many players' futures hang in the balance. Players like, Benjani, Jo, Tal Ben-Haim and Felipe Caicedo are the unwanted ones.

Mark's Wish List:

  • Roque Santa Cruz
  • Franck Ribery
  • Thierry Henry

With help from The Sun website.