Manchester City have been crowned as English champions after they lifted a domestic double. Not the classic double, but even so, a double with League Cup victory.
However life goes on and it's already time to plan for next season. Which player stays, which leaves - what are Manchester City's needs really like?
In addition to the league, the next natural goal being to break into the semi-final as a team in the Champions League.
Player whose contract expires in the summer:
These are the players that will disappear from the club when their contracts expires. Many will probably be looking for new clubs.
Joleon Lescott: One player who will have a few years left at the top, but will not get a new contract at City because of the high salary that he sits on today and probably requires to extend.
Gareth Barry: Had an excellent season at Everton, where he gained a new lease of life after a season long loan. There are probably even a few seasons left in Barry but the competition at City is great when he shares space with Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell.
Richard Wright: The Eternal third goalkeeper. May well get extended as he's only used as a training goalkeeper.
Dedryck Boyata: Young Belgian central defender from City academy who has been playing on a few occasions during the season. There are a lot of things to suggest that sports director Txiki Begiristein want to extend with Boyata, but primarily because that he is a homegrown player.
City needs homegrown players:
A 'homegrown player' does not have to be an Englishman, but he has to be a player who has played for an English club for at least three seasons before he turns 21. Examples of class players who are homegrown in England, but not Englishmen, are Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique of Barcelona.
Make the defence stronger:
It has been rumoured that City want Bacary Sagna. The French right-back is the man who can make the leap when Pablo Zabaleta needs to rest. As far as central defenders go, the club has throughout the last season flirted with 23-year-old Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto. Apart from a defender, the club also seems be looking for a defensive midfielder and it has been highly suggested that Mangala team-mate Fernando will be the right man for City.
Most interesting here is likely to be the offensive midfielder/winger/second striker Marcos Lopes. Lopes played a few matches during the season in the cups and did a fine job and he has been seen him on the bench in the league on numerous occasions.
In addition to Lopes is also the 20-year-old central midfielder Emyr Huws, who has been on loan at Birmingham and has quickly become one of their key players and the nineteen-year-old Karim Rekik who made it big at PSV.
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