Just four days after a disappointing 2016/17 campaign came to an end with a 0-5 win over Watford at Vicarage Road, announcements of four players leaving the club when their contracts expire on June 30 have come through on May 25. The quartet who will definitely be leaving Manchester City are Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Willy Caballero, and Bacary Sagna, in addition to Pablo Zabaleta, who has given an indication of his joining West Ham United this summer. This does point to the start of a potential exodus from the Etihad Stadium over the next two-and-a-half months.
Caballero, who created a fantastic memory for himself with three consecutive saves in the penalty shootout to help City win the 2015/16 Capital One cup, said: “It’s been a privilege to play for Manchester City.” “From the first day I arrived, everyone at the club has made me feel welcome and I will always be grateful for them.” “To win the league cup in such dramatic circumstances was special and it’s a day I will never forget.” The Argentine goalkeeper made 48 appearances for City over the course of his three seasons at the club.
Sagna, who has also been at the club for three seasons since joining in a free transfer from Arsenal at the start of the 2014/15 season, said: “I have enjoyed every moment of my City career and will look back on my time at City fondly.” “I would like to thank the staff, players and fans for making my three years so memorable.” The French right-back made 85 appearances under Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola.
The departure of Jesus Navas, whose contract expires on June 30 and who will depart after four seasons at the Etihad, was announced first on Thursday (May 25) by the club, followed by Clichy’s, Caballero and Sagna’s.