Manchester City trio set for summer exit

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Manchester City will still allow a trio of homegrown stars to leave the club this summer, despite their failure to meet UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules this season. 

The newly-crowned Premier League champions are willing to listen to offers for English trio Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell, and Scott Sinclair, despite the news that their Champions League squad for next season has been cut to 21 as punishment for failing to comply with the new ruling.

Squad restrictions in Europe's Premier competition mean that a minimum of four players must be considered 'homegrown'; either English, or having been part of an English academy for at least three years. 

But it appears, Richards, Rodwell and Sinclair, all of whom meet the above criteria, will be allowed to leave in search of regular first-team football, after only a handful of appearances this season.

The trio have failed to impose themselves on Manuel Pellegrini's squad, and will have to look elsewhere in order to gain regular first-team football.

Richards missed out on a Premier League winners medal after failing to play the required games, while Sinclair was sent out on loan to West Brom, where again he struggled for game time. 

Rodwell meanwhile has been hampered by injury since his move from Everton, and could move on loan in order to revive his career. 

City are also set to lose another two English stars from their squad this summer, with Joleon Lescott and Gareth Barry set to leave the club during the transfer window, after reaching the end of their current contracts.

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