Report: Manchester City to decide on six first-team stars' futures

Manchester City have an ageing squad, with incoming manager Pep Guardiola expected to ring the changes over the summer.

The Guardian are reporting that Manchester City will decide on the future of six first-team players when the season is over.

Sporting director Tiki Begiristain will assess the merits of keeping the players who are all 30 or over, during the close-season.

Yaya Touré, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Fernandinho, Jesús Navas and Willy Caballero are the six players whose futures will be discussed.

The imminent arrival of new manager Pep Guardiola will surely signal the end of certain players' City careers, with the Spaniard preferring a younger group to work with, to enable him to implement his high pressing, quick tempo style of play.

There has already been talk of the players who the current Bayern Munich boss wants to bring Manchester, including the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, who the Daily Mail claim is being lined up for a £23 million move to City.

Whatever happens over the summer, there are sure to be sweeping changes afoot at the Etihad. With high profile purchases in pre-season including the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, many pundits were tipping the Citizens to run away with the Premier league title.

They have been dogged by inconsistency since the turn of the year, however, losing vital games to title rivals Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur, and seeing their league hopes disappear as a consequence.

A shining light for City has been their impressive displays in the Champions League, and if the current crop of stars could bring the trophy back to Manchester, it may prove somewhat more difficult to discard of players who have won something that the club have previously failed to win.

They continue their quest for European glory when they host Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium next Tuesday, but first have to negotiate a visit from Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

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