8 Manchester City Players Who Won't Return Next Season

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8 Manchester City Players Who Won't Return Next Season
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Everyone gets to ride the bus, but not everyone gets a new pass for next season.

After watching the Sky Blues hoist the Premier League trophy for the second time in three seasons, Manchester City supporters can finally sort of appreciate how Manchester United supporters used to feel.

Jaded.

The 2011-12 City title ended a 44-year drought and ended with an iconic goal for the ages. No City fan will ever forget where they were when Sergio Aguero scored against Queens Park Rangers.

The 2013-14 City title, while notable for Manuel Pellegrini's charming opening act as manager, lacked a defining moment. The lasting memory for City fans of this title run will be Steven Gerrard falling on his backside against Chelsea.

That is not to say that this past trophy did not matter. It did, a great deal. Whereas the first title could be discounted as a one-off by United supporters and Chelsea backers, this second title pointedly announced City's present status as the bully on the block in the Premier League.

In the moment that they are lifting the trophy, every championship team feels to fans like it should be kept intact. If they won this season, supporters feel, there is no reason that they cannot run it back and do it again.

But it rarely ever works out that way. Contracts end, players who quietly chafed at short playing time during the title run start speaking up, and older players are moved on for new blood as the vicious cycle of athletics predictably claims veteran footballers.

City are likely to be without many familiar names and faces in 2014-15. Some of the following names have already been publicly kissed off, but all are still listed as City property on the club website.

For these eight, though, that designation is not likely to last much longer.

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