Manchester City have decisions to make regarding five of their current first-team squad.
Five Manchester City players are coming to the end of their current deals, and with pre-contract agreements able to be signed from January onwards, the next four months will be vital for those wishing to remain at Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Micah Richards, Richard Wright, James Milner, John Guidetti and Martin Demichelis all have deals that expire in the summer of 2015, so will any of them be kept by the Blues beyond the current campaign.
City’s is a rare situation in that there is the very real likelihood that all the players in the final year of their deal could be allowed to leave with little fuss.
At 36, and with Joe Hart and Willy Caballero both ahead of him at the Etihad Stadium, Wright will surely be allowed to move on – or retire altogether if he so wishes – while Richards and Guidetti should both secure permanent moves as they have already gone on loan this season
Richards is at Fiorentina and Guidetti is at Celtic and considering recent seasons it would be a quite a surprise if either was at the Etihad next season.
Demichelis has overcome his initial title as something of a liability to impress in the Blues’ defence, and despite the presence of Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala, the Argentine is the most likely of the five to be kept on, perhaps on a short-term contract.
Milner is the player City fans may want to keep the most, but after links with both Arsenal and Liverpool over the summer, the England international could well move on in a lucrative free transfer if reported issues regarding his wage demands can be overcome.
Likely to stay: Demichelis
Likely to leave: Milner, Guidetti, Richards, Wright