After just 15 matches could Bacary Sagna wave goodbye to Manchester City?

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A closer look at the current first-team player most likely to be sold by Manchester City this summer.

When Bacary Sagna signed for Manchester City from Arsenal on a free transfer it looked like a canny move from the Blues and a big loss for the Gunners.

But almost a year on, it is Sagna himself who may be looking back on the move with an element of regret.

The French international has played just 15 times for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and only eight times in the Premier League.

The 32-year-old would have known he needed to fight for his place, but to lose that particular fight so often may have come as a shock.

In contrast, fellow right-back Pablo Zabaleta – who is two years Sagna’s junior – has featured 29 times and counting.

When you consider the Argentine’s age advantage and the fact that both players’ contracts expire in 2017, the outlook at City looks rather bleak for Sagna.

He is at an age when he will want to be playing as much first-team football as possible, and that is simply not happening at City. And as long as Zabaleta remains, things are likely to remain the same.

It seems strange to think that Sagna could leave the Etihad Stadium so soon after arriving, but having signed him for nothing City could sell him on to a club where he will feature every week.

After all, they have rarely needed him this season, despite the fact that statistically he has been their best defender when he has featured.

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