After a season of getting to know his squad and the Premier League, Pep Guardiola is ready to make some big changes at Manchester City. And the squad overhaul has begun with a few veterans being released.
Pablo Zabaleta was the first to announce his departure two weeks ago, and on Thursday the club announced that four other players will not sign new contracts and will depart City this summer.
Goalkeeper Willy Caballero will always be remembered for his heroics in the League Cup Final against Liverpool in 2016, and the Argentine was turned into a starter when Claudio Bravo's signing didn't work. Caballero played very well in the last few months, but he is 35 years old and will now move on.
Full-backs Bacary Sagna and Gaël Clichy were both signed from Arsenal a few years ago, and the Frenchmen couldn't quite replicate what they did at the Emirates when playing in Sky Blue. We saw good things from both, but it's safe to say they won't quite be missed.
Jesús Navas was always a quick winger without an end product during his four-year City career, but Guardiola made the Spaniard quite useful at the end of the season as a right-back thanks to Zabaleta and Sagna struggling with injuries. Navas impressed so much at right-back that he was offered a new contract by Guardiola, but the 31-year-old has a better offer from his childhood club Sevilla and will move to Spain this summer.
With four natural defenders and a defensive winger being released over the last week, we can expect Guardiola will sign world-class replacements in those positions.
Willy, Navas, Sagna and Clichy did a job, but weren't amazing. Thanks for the memories, lads, but not really.