6 Manchester City Players Who Should Be Sold This Summer
Now that the title celebrations have died down, the hangovers have subsided and the memories have been cherished forever, Manchester City fans can start to look forward to next season.
The likes of Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero were all key to City's success in both the Premier League and Capital One Cup this season but what about those on the fringes of the squad?
Manuel Pellegrini will doubtless look to refresh his squad over the summer by bringing in a couple of big names, but who will be on their way out of the club?
Here are six players that City could do with shipping out:
City would probably be loathe to lose a stalwart such as Micah Richards, but after injury problems and a struggle to get into the team due to the good form of Pablo Zabaleta and others, then surely it is best for the former (and potentially future?) England international to move on?
Strong and athletic, Richards can be every inch the modern defender, but he surely won't get the chance to be so at City.
Still just 25 he certainly still has a long future in the game, but after missing out on a title medal this season he's been linked with switches to Arsenal, Newcastle and Roma, per Richard Tanner of the Daily Express.
Like Richards, Jack Rodwell really needs to leave City for himself as much as anything else.
The midfielder has seen a once promising career stall to the point of completely stopping ever since his move to the Etihad Stadium from Everton, with suggestions now that he is merely being kept around to keep City's number of British players up to the required level.
He's better than that, though, as his three England caps suggest, and a move to a club such as Newcastle—who he has been linked to by the Simon Jones of the Daily Mail—would allow him to get the playing time he so sorely needs.
Even in this current generation of talented Belgian players, there are still those who fail to make the grade.
Dedryck Boyata's Manchester City career has never quite taken off since he joined the club as a 16-year-old in 2006 and surely now is the time that both he and City cut their losses.
The defender made just one league appearance in 2013/14, as well as playing in a handful of cup games, and he was sent off against Blackburn in the third round of the FA Cup in January.
A move away now surely awaits for a player who won his only senior international cap in late 2010.
Yes, Scott Sinclair is still a Manchester City player.
One of football's forgotten men had a largely forgettable season on loan at West Bromwich Albion in 2013/14 and now at 25 years old it is surely time for him to spread his wings and actually get some playing time somewhere.
In joining City, Sinclair fell into the same trap that he experienced when he was at Chelsea—moving to a big club for big money and not being able to play—and if he's got any sort of hunger and desire to display what was once an obvious talent, he needs to leave the Etihad Stadium immediately.
Serbian centre-back Matija Nastasic is still just 21 and so any decision to sell him shouldn't come lightly but given his injury problems and the likelihood that City will sign a new defender this summer, then would it make sense to cash in on him now, especially with Financial Fair Play conditions to adhere to?
City would be loathe to lose their 2012/13 Young Player of the Year, but if they could make some money on him which would then be spent on a more than adequate replacement, then wouldn't they be wise to at least consider moving him on?
City fans have been desperate to see John Guidetti break into their first team ever since he enjoyed a prolific campaign at Feyenoord in 2011/12, but there comes a time when you just have to accept that it isn't going to happen.
A disappointing loan spell at Stoke City in the latter half of this season has hardly helped matters and perhaps a move back to the Dutch league will help re-inspire a forward. He undoubtedly has talent but maybe just needs to improve his attitude to help him realise just what he is capable of.
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