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The 2017 African Cup of Nations will be nice to Manchester City

No City players are leaving, but the Premier League is losing some big names for the next few weeks

Sunderland v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

While the Premier League season is in full swing, the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will begin on January 14. In the past, Manchester City are used to lose midfielder Yaya Touré, who always went to play for the Ivory Coast, and it was also expected that Kelechi Iheanacho would represent Nigeria this year.

However, the two will stay with City in 2017, as Touré retired from international play last year, and Iheanacho's Nigeria failed to qualify for the tournament. Liverpool don't have the same luck as City and will take the biggest hit of the clubs in the Premier League Top 6, losing both of their biggest offseason transfers: Sadio Mané (Senegal) and Joel Matip (Cameroon).

There will be seven clubs without representation in the tournament, including City, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City, Middlesbrough, and Burnley.

Here is a list of all Premier League players attending this year’s Cup from their respective clubs:


Mohamed Elneny (Egypt)

AFC Bournemouth

Max Gradel (Ivory Coast)

Crystal Palace

Bakary Sako (Mali), Wilifried Zaha (Ivory Coast)


Idrissa Gueye (Senegal)

Hull City

Ahmed Elmohamady (Egypt), Dieumerci Mbokani (Dem. Republic of Congo)

Leicester City

Daniel Amartey (Ghana), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Islam Slimani (Algeria)


Joel Matip (Cameroon), Sadio Mane (Senegal)

Manchester United

Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast)


Sofiane Boufal (Morocco)

Stoke City

Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast), Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal), Ramadan Sobhi (Egypt)


Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia), Lamine Koné (Ivory Coast), Didier Ndong (Gabon)


Nordin Amrabat (Morocco), Adlene Guedioura (Algeria)

West Ham United

Andre Ayew (Ghana), Cheikhou Kouyaté (Senegal)