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Manchester City offer Jesús Navas new contract


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Pep Guardiola is already making decisions regarding his squad for next season, and one surprising name will stay at Manchester City.

Jesús Navas has been offered a new one-year deal by the club and is expected to sign it in the upcoming weeks, according to Goal's Sam Lee. The 31-year-old has impressed Guardiola in his role as a full-back and will remain at the club to be the backup right-back. Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur is likely to join the club this summer and be the starter in the position, and Navas will stay as his replacement.

The Spaniard was guaranteed to leave and return to his childhood club, Sevilla, after having a diminished role earlier in the season, but he began to play at right-back in April and impressed Guardiola, who started Navas against the likes of Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez and Chelsea's Eden Hazard and saw the player hold his own against some of the league's most dangerous left wingers.

The news of Navas' extension likely means the end of the road for Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna. The two aging full-backs have their contracts expiring and will not be offered new deals. Both Zabaleta and Sagna have been linked with a move to West Ham United, and are expected to remain in the Premier League after leaving City.

Navas staying is a shock, but if he's just going to be Kyle Walker's backup, not the starter, it's not a bad decision. He's actually a pretty decent right-back.