Man City players released by Pep Guardiola and what happened to them


Pep Guardiola oversaw many money transfers during his tenure as manager of Manchester City, but also allowed some players to terminate their contracts and leave for nothing.

According to Guardiola, nine players have so far left at no cost, and David Silva is in the running to become the 10th at the end of the 2019/20 season.

What has happened to the others since they left the Etihad?

Martin Demichelis

The decision to let Demichelis leave was probably made before Guardiola joined Etihad in the summer of 2016. The veteran center-back went to Espanyol, but it didn’t last long. He only made two half-season appearances before ending the campaign as a semi-regular for Malaga. The Argentinian international retired in the summer of 2017.

Jesus navas

Guardiola converted former winger Navas to lateral attack back late in his career, and it was a role he took on with surprising tenacity. He left City for the former Sevilla club in 2017 and remains at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as club captain at 34.

Pablo Zabaleta

Another departure in 2017, Zabaleta joined his Premier League rivals, West Ham, when his contract expired and is still a Hammer, although his contract is about to expire. The Argentinian defender is no longer a regular starter, but has played in the elite of the London club more than 70 times during his three-year stint.

Gael Clichy

Clichy ended his six-year career in the city at the same time as Nava and Zabaleta while Guardiola revised his rear. The French defender headed for Turkey and Istanbul Basaksehir, where he remains a first choice at 34.

Willy Caballero

The fourth and last senior member to leave the team in 2017 was alternate goalkeeper Caballero, who headed south for Chelsea. There, he fulfilled the same role of second choice cork and occasional replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga. Now 38, he has just signed a one-year extension after playing 31 times for the Blues in three years.

Luke Brattan

City made sales and loans in 2018, but didn’t release anyone on a free transfer – so the last four are all from the start of this season. Brattan has never played a senior game for City. Having joined in 2015, he spent most of his time on loan in Melbourne City, Australia, where he grew up. The A-League is where he returned in 2019, joining Sydney FC for a year.

Anthony Caceres

Caceres was a 2016 signature for City, another Australian who has never played a competitive game for his parent club. He spent last season on loan to Sydney FC and joined them permanently in the summer.

Eliaquim Mangala

Not a player who will compile the “best signatures” in City. Mangala cost more than £ 40 million in 2014, but was a huge disappointment. He left City a year ago free of charge after two loan periods. He joined Valencia, one of the teams where he had a loan, but only presented sporadically for them in the midst of injury problems.

Vincent Kompany

If Mangala was a disappointment, Kompany is one of City’s big success stories. The Belgian semi-center has reimbursed its initial fees of around £ 7.5 million several times during its decade at City before leaving for Anderlecht just under a year ago. After taking over as player-manager, he quickly abandoned his managerial duties on match day after a streak of poor results, but remains captain when he is fit.


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