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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Clear-out at City gathers pace

Willy Caballero
Willy Caballero

Manchester City have announced the departure of four more senior players whose contracts come to an end this summer.

Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Willy Caballero will all leave as free agents, the club confirmed yesterday. Their departures follow that of long-serving right-back Pablo Zabaleta, who announced prior to the end of the 2016-17 he would be moving on.

The developments could be the start of an overhaul of the squad at the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola looks to rebuild following an underwhelming first season at the club.

World Cup-winning winger Navas signed for City from hometown Sevilla in 2013. He made 123 Premier League appearances and helped the club win that competition in 2014. He also won the League Cup twice. Left-back Clichy featured in two title successes and both League Cup wins after his move from Arsenal in 2011. The Frenchman, 31, said: "It's been a special six years for me at City.

"It's amazing to see where the club is today and I am sure there is plenty more success to come."

Goalkeeper Caballero was signed by Manuel Pellegrini in 2014 to provide tougher competition for then first-choice Joe Hart. He was then retained as back-up for Claudio Bravo after the Chilean's arrival last summer, but was given a run in the side in the second half of the season.

His proudest moment for City came when he saved three spot-kicks in City's penalty shootout victory over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final.

Former Arsenal right-back Sagna also featured in that cup final and in total made 85 appearances for the club in three years.

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