Premier League: The best players out of contract in 2017

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is only just getting used to his new life in Manchester and certainly seems to be settling in well. Despite his age, the 34-year-old is still proving to be one of the finest strikers in the game but even he is being forced to fight for his future.

Yes, the world-class striker only has nine months left on his Manchester United contract and joins a host of other notable stars to be in the final year of their respective deals. 

Through the choice of the club or the player, there are a number of high-profile footballers who could find themselves leaving their current teams on a free transfer come the end of the season.

While next summer may seem like a lifetime away at the moment, for these players time could be whizzing by quicker than you could imagine.

So GiveMeSport has taken a look at the contracts set to expire in June 2017 and pieced together a rather impressive looking team.

Goalkeeper - Adrian (West Ham)

Adrian has proven to be a worthy successor to Jussi Jaaskelainen in the West Ham goal but the Spaniard has been guilty of the odd mistake since joining from Real Betis in 2013.

While David Sullivan and David Gold may have their eyes on a world-class replacement, the owners of West Ham should think carefully before letting a player of Adrian's caliber walk out of east London.

Right-back - Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

The 32-year-old may have earned the trust of Jose Mourinho but he faces a much harder task convincing Antonio Conte of his ability.

Ivanovic could be the first major casualty of a new era at Stamford Bridge with Conte reportedly keen to adopt a 3-5-2 formation.

Centre-back - Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

The new captain of Arsenal appears to be fighting for his future after the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding and will also sit the first half of this crucial campaign out with a knee injury.

Although turning 32 later this month, the experienced defender is still high in Arsene Wenger's estimations and should have no problem earning a new deal.

Centre-back - Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Turning 31 later this week, Koscielny now falls under Wenger's infamous over-30s rule which means he may have to wait until the final moments of his current contract to earn a new one.

However, the Frenchman is currently going through his prime years as a defender and would not be short of offers if Arsenal thought twice.

Left-back - Gael Clichy (Manchester City)

The last of Arsenal's Invincibles still left in the Premier League, Clichy has certainly had a great career in English football but this season could prove to be his last if he doesn't impress Pep Guardiola.

So far he has started two of City's three Premier League games, giving him hope that the Spaniard rates him highly enough to give him a new deal.

Centre-midfield - Lucas Leiva (Liverpool)

The Brazilian midfielder has come so close to leaving Liverpool on several occasions in the past but there will be nothing stopping him from walking out the Anfield exit door next summer.

Jurgen Klopp appears to have made his feelings towards Lucas clear and it looks very likely that he will be leaving at the end of the season.

Centre-midfield - Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

It is a major surprise to see Toure still in a sky blue shirt after Guardiola became manager earlier this year. The pair share an infamously fractious relationship and the Ivorian was widely tipped to leave in the summer.

After being left out of City's Champions League squad, it seems dead certain that he'll leave at the end of his £250,000-a-week contract.

Centre-midfield - Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

The third and final Arsenal star to feature, Cazorla is starting to rekindle his best form after recovering from a serious knee injury. But with Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Jack Wilshere all pushing for a first-team place, the diminutive Spaniard could find himself out of the picture at the Emirates next season.

Forward - Saido Berahino (West Brom)

One player who has chosen to run down his contract on purpose, Berahino has spent more time trying to get out of West Brom than he has playing for them. Quite who would want to sign him after such unprofessional behaviour is unclear but the fact that he'll come for free makes him a rather attractive proposition.

Forward - Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City)

When Afellay first signed for Stoke, it was seen as a marquee deal to take the Potters away from the rugby-esque style of football and into an attractive era.

And he overcame a series of injury problems to become a key star under Mark Hughes last season but is now recovering from a serious knee injury. At 30-years-old, it is a long road back to the top for the Dutchman.

Striker - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

Not quite what it may seem for the Swede as Manchester United retain the option to extend his contract by a further 12 months. Jose Mourinho has already been quoted as saying that Ibrahimovic is likely to be at Old Trafford for at least two years so the signs are already good for the former Malmo, Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona star.

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