Paul Merson names the players he’d keep and sell at Manchester City

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The former Arsenal man had made some serious cuts to the Premier League team's squad.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has named the players he would keep and sell at Manchester City to Sky Sports.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace on Monday evening, leaving them nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea and unlikely to retain their title.

That latest defeat has led to increased speculation about the future of Pellegrini and some of his players. Now, Merson has named those he would be looking to keep, and those he would be looking to move on, if he were in charge at the Etihad.

In the goalkeeper department, England man Joe Hart is safe from the chop, while number two Willy Caballero is also safe, although Merson thinks the club could probably do better in the back-up department.

In defence, captain Vincent Kompany is safe, despite a poor season, while the likes of Martin Demichelis, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Eliaquim Mangala and Dedryck Boyata are all retained. Aleksandar Kolarov and Bacary Sagna are those heading for the exit, though.

It is in midfield where the biggest shock is to be found, with Merson getting rid of star man Yaya Toure and the pundit questioning whether “his heart is in it at City any more.” Elsewhere, Fernando, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas are all cut, while he also expects James Milner to leave, despite his admission that he’d keep him if the choice were his.

Only Samir Nasri and David Silva from the current crop are kept, and it’s a similar tale up front. Merson has decided to keep Sergio Aguero and January signing Wilfried Bony, but would sell Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic.

Finally, that leads us to manager Pellegrini, where the former Arsenal man is equally harsh with the axe, deciding to sack the Chilean, saying there’s “no way they’ll keep him on now.”

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