Best XI: Players whose contracts expire in June 2019

  • World's best players whose contracts expire June 2019. A full squad of soon-to-be free agents.
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Modified 31 Aug 2018, 15:03 IST

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Cesc Fabregas and Angel Di Maria are only a part of a long list of top players from Europe's best leagues who see their contract running out of fuel next June. A renewal of their contract has yet to come and this means they could be available for free in the next summer transfer window.

Some are determined to leave their club, some have not convinced theirs to offer them a new contract and some of them have already agreed but the official announcement is yet to come. The future of these 25 great players may spark quite a few controversies in the upcoming transfer windows as they can begin negotiations with other clubs by January.

Here, is a squad of the most notable players whose future may change in the upcoming summer:

Goalkeeper: Alphonse Areola

Alphonse Areola has been facing some serious competition from Gigi Buffon and Kevin Trapp
Alphonse Areola (right) has been facing some serious competition from Gigi Buffon (left) and Kevin Trapp (centre)

Buffon's summer arrival at the Parc des Princes has increased the competition among the goalkeepers. In fact, the one that has been affected the most is Areola who featured only in one starting line-up so far while in the other two games he was either on the bench or was excluded from the match squad.

The Frenchman's career at Paris has been called into question. In the past season, Areola managed to 'beat' Kevin Trapp as he was preferred in 34 League 1 games and 8 Champions League matches. However, with the arrival of the legendary Buffon, he ought to compete now with the German for the reserves.

Despite these facts, the world-champion with France had uttered that he will soon renew his contract as he sees Buffon not as a threat but as a role idol. It needs to be mentioned that Areola will be the starter in at least the 3 first Champions League matches for PSG as the Italian has been banned from UEFA.

The 25-year-old was one step away from joining AS Roma in July but the deal fell through and the Italians acquired Robin Olsen instead.

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Published 31 Aug 2018, 15:03 IST
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