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EPL 18/19: 4 Manchester City players who need to leave this summer

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Pep Guardiola has an abundance of stars at Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola has an abundance of stars at Manchester City.

Ever since Manchester City was bought by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, the club has received a large amount of investment and it's fair to say that the investment has paid off with the way things are right now. Players like Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, Nigel de Jong, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are just a few players who have cemented their place in Manchester City's history.

However, not all the transfers since 2008 have worked out and a number of players have been huge flops. Players like Robinho, Jérôme Boateng, Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor and a long list of other players have had their careers stalled because things have not worked out for them at the club.

While some players just couldn't adjust to life at Manchester, right now, with the level of competition at Manchester City, a lot of players are not getting chances they deserve with the first team.

Here is look at four Manchester City players who need to leave this summer:

#1 Claudio Bravo

Claudio Bravo's time looks to be up at Manchester City.
Claudio Bravo's time looks to be up at Manchester City.

The Chilean shot-stopper joined the club the same year Pep Guardiola joined and while he was always the first choice between the sticks in his first season, he has hardly played any games since then. In his first season, Claudio Bravo made a total of 30 appearances, but since the arrival of Ederson the following season, Bravo has gradually lost his place in the Manchester City squad.

In the 17/18 season, Bravo made just 13 appearances. This season the Chilean has made just one appearance, and with the arrival of Arijanet Muric, he has slipped further down the pecking order.

Bravo is 35 years old right now and considering that he is a goalkeeper he might still have a few good years left in him. Bravo might not be able to find a top-level club to play for, but considering his experience a number of clubs will be after him.

With Bravo edging closer to the end of his career, he will not want to spend these last few years on the bench and he should look to move on at the end of the season.

#2 Danilo

Danilo will be eager for more first-team action.
Danilo will be eager for more first-team action.

Danilo is undoubtedly a top full back and his time at Porto, Real Madrid and his first season at Manchester City prove that. However, Danilo is the perfect example of a top player who is being heavily underutilized at Manchester City; but with the level of competition, it's understandable why the Brazilian is not getting enough playing time.

Danilo made a total of 38 appearances in his first season with Manchester City, but this season Guardiola has favored Kyle Walker, and the former Real Madrid player has managed just 18 appearances so far this season.

With league titles in Porto, Real Madrid and Manchester City and two Champions League medals to his name, Danila boasts a very impressive CV. At 27, Danilo is in the prime of his footballing career and he certainly does not want to spend it warming the Manchester City bench.

The Brazilian still has a long way to go in his footballing career and with a CV as impressive as his, he will not be short of possible suitors. Unless money is his main objective, Danilo should leave Manchester City this summer for more regular playing time.

#3 Eliaquim Mangala

Eliaquim Mangala will be desperate to find a new club over the summer.
Eliaquim Mangala will be desperate to find a new club over the summer.

Eliaquim Mangala joined Manchester City way back in 2014 and while his first two seasons at the club saw him regularly getting first-team chances, things went downhill after that. The Frenchman was loaned out to Valencia in the 2016/17 season and despite him being a regular starter for the La Liga club, his return to Manchester City saw him lose his place in the starting 11.

Following his return to Manchester City in the 2017/18 season, Mangala made just 15 appearances and was loaned out to Everton in the January transfer window. His time at the Merseyside club was even worse as he made just two appearances the rest of the season.

This season the former Porto defender has been completely frozen out of the first team squad, with his only playing time coming when he played two games for the under 23's. At 28, Mangala still has a lot of potential and he is one player who will and should definitely be on the lookout for a new club this summer as he looks to revive his career.

#4 Fabian Delph

Fabian Delph knows his long term future lies away from Manchester City.
Fabian Delph knows his long term future lies away from Manchester City.

Fabian Delph joined Manchester City way back in 2015, and to be honest a lot of people were surprised Manchester City signed him from Aston Villa. With the way City have been spending money and the kind of players they usually buy, Delph was a quite unusual signing.

Since joining he has not been able to find a permanent role in the team despite his versatility. The former Aston Villa man's appearances at Manchester City has been varying with each passing season. In his first season, he managed a total of 27 appearances and followed that up with just 12 the next season.

His most fruitful season came in the 2017/18 season when he made a total of 29 appearances and also won the Premier League. This season, while he has been fluctuating in and out of the first team, he knows, in the long run, he will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Delph has made 19 appearances so far this season with most of them being at left back, but with Benjamin Mendy obviously being first choice and the rise of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Delph will certainly lose his place in the team next year. At 29, he still has a lot to offer any team and with all the experience he has gained under Guardiola, any Premier League team will be glad to have him.

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