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Manchester City: 2014/15 predicted starting XI

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Manchester City's owners will attempt to strengthen the team, despite winning a second Premier League title in three seasons earlier this month.

On average, the team brings in five players per year. Instead of selling, City mostly loans out players who are not ready for first-team football. In the season that has just ended, 11 footballers had to move temporarily, as there was no place for them in the senior team.

Goalkeeper | Joe Hart

The Englishman's first-team place was put into question at the beginning of the season, while his club was having a bad run - 3-2 losses against Cardiff and Norwich who are now Championship members. 

Manuel Pellegrini mostly blamed Hart for this, giving a chance to Costel Pantilimon. The Romanian hasn't lived up to expectations and Hart was given another chance to reassure the coaching staff, despite of his previous flops. 

Right-back | Bacary Sagna

Arsenal's longtime defender is close to leaving the club for Manchester City after seven years at the Emirates. Will the situation change now, when the club has ended the trophy drought? Maybe that was the reason for his wish to move.

Micah Richards has been linked with Wenger's team and it is possible that these two teams make a switch in the upcoming transfer window. Gunners are also targeting Everton's right back, Seamus Coleman.

Centre-back | Vincent Kompany

There is no doubt that the captain will remain. World Cup is his opportunity to show that he is one of the world's best defenders, if not the best. He played in only three club in the entire career - Anderlecht, Hamburger SV and since 2008, Manchester City.

Undoubtedly, the player with not leave England soon and it would be a privilege for the club to keep him until retirement. That is why his place is nowhere near outside of the starting eleven.

Centre-back | Dante

This Bundesliga player hasn't gained popularity until April 2012, after joining German champions Bayern Munich. Before the transfer, Dante Bonfim was a regular starter at Borussia Mochengladbach and it was only a matter of time when will he earn a transfer. 

Holger Badstuber has recovered from a long-term injury and is now ready to jeopardise Dante's place at the club. A move should therefore suit him and it wouldn't be such a loss to replace the ex-Champions League winners with a Premier League club. 

Left-back | Ashley Cole

Since the return of Jose Mourinho, the ex-Arsenal player hasn't been included in the starting eleven enough, meaning that he would be mostly used as a substitute at Stamford Bridge. 

Ryan Bertrand was loaned out to Newcastle, leaving Cole the only left-back in the team, but even that wasn't enough for Mourinho. Azpilicueta took his place and the veteran participated in only a few matches since January. For that, he wasn't picked for the World Cup, due to which he announced his international retirement.

Cole should, by signing the contract with City, replace another ex-Gunner, Gael Clichy, on the starting list. 

Centre-midfield | Fernandinho 

Don't be suprised, but I don't think Yaya Toure will stay at the club for another year. Paris Saint-Germain are basically giving out tons of money just to improve the current squad. David Luiz is their first big signing for the next season and it is likely that the Ivorian could become the second one.

That is why Fernandinho will be Pellegrini's number one if they don't make a suprising transfer. The Brazillian was included in 33 out of 38 Premiership matches this season and managed to score five goals and make three assists.

Luis Felipe Scolari ensured a place for the midfielder in Selecao for the World Cup which starts for just two weeks now, while leaving out football legends like Ronaldinho and Kaka.

Centre-midfield | Francesc Fabregas

The 27-year-old Spaniard has plenty of opportunities for a move and one thing is certain - he must leave Barcelona. The Catalonian club have left out Cesc from new home kit launch, and it is only a matter of time when the rumours will increase. 

Thiago Alcantara was left out of the kit launch last year and look where he is now. Barcelona are one of many teams who buy players before even reconsidering their possibilities inside the club. The same thing happened to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had to move after just one season at Camp Nou.

Fabregas was offered to Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, according to the club's official website.

Chelsea will not make a move for him, as they already have a dozen of midfielders who still wait for an opportunity at the club and I don't think Fabregas would like to return to the Emirates, so it would be City with the advantage in this transfer battle.

Attacking-midfield | David Silva

Silva was one of the club's best signings - he leaves a mark in every match. The 28-year-old is a first-team player in Manchester City since 2010 and should remain as long as he plays this good. 

According to Transfermarkt, Silva is valued at 35 million euros and selling him would be a loss. The midfielder will participate at the World Cup, as he was called up for international action by Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque. 

Right-wing | Pedro

Alongside Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez has also been linked with the Premiership title holders. It seems like the winger has become surplus since the signing of Neymar. He would make a great duo with club's only right-wing, Jesus Navas.

Pedro and Navas are getting ready for the World Cup, where they will face a fight for a first-team place. With these kind of players, Spain could likely defend the title and preserve another World Cup trophy.

Left-wing | Samir Nasri

Didier Deschamps provided the biggest surprise for all of France national team fans, when he published a full list for the World Cup, on which there was no Nasri.

Despite of that, his Premier League season was nothing but great. He played 34 out 38 matches, scoring seven goals and making nine assists. He should continue with admirable performances in the upcoming season if he wants to reassure Deschamps about calling him up after the competition in Brazil.

Striker | Sergio Aguero

There is a huge rivalry among Manchester City strikers. The club currently has four forwards in the team, but instead of using two per game, Pellegrini plays with only one of them. Of course, Aguero is the club's top goalscorer and is number one on the manager's list.

But what about the others? Top players like Jovetic, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo do not deserve to sit on the bench. The Chilean manager should either sell them or change the current tactics which would open a gate for some of them in the starting eleven.

Do you agree with my list? Would you like to add or change something? Have your say in the comment section.

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