Manchester City see four players leave as their contracts expire today

Manchester City see four players leave as their contracts expire today

The four players who were listed for release by Manchester City have now departed from the club, including Ilkay Gundogan, who has joined Barcelona, and Benjamin Mendy, who was signed for £52 million in the past. 

The summer has begun quietly for the Treble winners in terms of player arrivals and departures. However, four contracts have now expired, and the departure of captain Gundogan is considered the most significant loss. 

To counter this, Pep Guardiola has promptly responded by acquiring Mateo Kovacic for £25 million.

After spending six years at the club, Benjamin Mendy, who is currently facing a retrial over allegations of rape and sexual assault, has been released by Manchester City.

 Mendy joined the club in 2017 from Monaco for a fee of £52 million and played in 75 matches before his arrest in November 2020. The arrest came after a 24-year-old woman accused him of rape, allegedly occurring at his residence the month prior.

Following his initial arrest, Benjamin Mendy was released under investigation. Subsequently, he faced additional allegations of sexual assault involving a 24-year-old woman two months later. While on police bail for that offense, he was accused of raping three other women, one of whom was 17 years old. However, Mendy has been cleared of all these charges.

Two academy players, Terrell Agyemang, who plays as a box-to-box midfielder, and Rowan McDonald, have also been released by Manchester City as their contracts came to an end.

Manchester City expressed a desire to retain Ilkay Gundogan at the Etihad Stadium for the upcoming season. However, they did not offer him a two-year contract, leading to his departure. On the other hand, Barcelona reached an agreement with Gundogan that allows for a potential extension until 2026.


Terrell Agyemang

Ilkay Gundogan (joined Barcelona)

Rowan McDonald

Benjamin Mendy

Manchester City see four players leave as their contracts expire today

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