Vincent Kompany was the big, if expected, name on City’s released list on Friday as the Blues stepped up their preparations for the 2019/20 season.
The captain is one of six players who will be released on a free transfer at the expiry of their contract this summer. While Kompany has a new club lined up as he becomes player manager at Anderlecht, for the others the search to find new employment is on.
It can be an unsettling time for players released when they haven’t yet found a new club, especially for the academy players who are cut free after spending most of their youth at City.
Luke Brattan, 29, could be set for a return to Australia having spent the past two years on loan in the A-League with Melbourne City, while Tom Dele-Bashiru and Cameron Humphreys-Grant should also find new clubs without too much trouble. Fellow youngsters Charlie Oliver and Aaron Nemane will also be looking for options to rebuild their careers.
It was a similar story a year ago when City also released six players. We’ve taken a look at how their fortunes have fared in the past 12 months.
One of City’s greatest midfielders, Toure was the big name on the released list a year ago, even if his departure had been expected for most of the season.
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The Ivory Coast international had made 316 appearances in eight seasons at the Etihad. Finding himself as a free agent last summer his notoriously talkative agent Dimitry Seluk set the rumour mill alight when he tweeted that Toure had passed a medical in London towards the end of August.
It turned out to be with former club Olympiakos, but the return to Athens was a disappointment. Toure made just five appearances and his contract was terminated by mutual consent in December. The City great announced his retirement from football in May and is now pursuing a coaching career.
The Guinea-born England youth international had been with City’s academy since the age of 13 until his release a year ago, but the 19-year-old remained in the Premier League.
Diallo was signed by top flight new boys Wolves to be a part of Rob Edwards’ Under-23s side and he helped them to the Premier League 2 Division Two title this season, winning promotion in the process.
He made 19 appearances in Premier League 2, scoring three times, and also played the full 90 minutes in all three of Wolves’ EFL Trophy fixtures.
Duhaney is another City youngster who managed to stay in the Premier League last summer, although having joined Huddersfield he will now be back in the Championship.
The England Under-20 international signed a two-year deal with the Terriers, who also have the option of a further year on his deal.
Duhaney made his Premier League debut in Huddersfield’s 1-0 win over Wolves in February, although he was withdrawn at half-time and didn’t feature again last season.
Patching was once one of the shining lights of City’s academy, considered the equal of Brahim Diaz at one point, but he failed to fulfil that promise and while Diaz has since signed for Real Madrid, Patching was told his contract wouldn’t be renewed a year ago.
The 20-year-old joined League Two side Notts County in the summer but it was a frustrating year for the playmaker, who made just 10 appearances for the Magpies in all competitions.
Patching agreed a two-year deal with County, but they were relegated out of the Football League at the end of the season.
Spanish defender Sarmiento had joined City’s academy from Espanyol and when he was released last summer he returned to Catalonia to rejoin his former club.
The 20-year-old has been part of the Espanyol B side this season but made just six appearances for the team.
Sokol spent two years with City but when he was released at the age of 18 last summer he returned to Poland.
The youngster had made 19 appearances for City’s Under-18s and played twice for the Under-23s, but like Sarmiento he returned to his former club when leaving Manchester.
Sokol is now back at Korona Kielce and he made three senior appearances for the Polish top flight club last season, playing twice in the Ekstraklasa and once in the cup.
Combative midfielder Wood linked up with Bolton Wanderers Under-23s last summer and impressed enough to earn a one-year deal. In October he joined National League North side Southport on loan and made six appearances, including three in their FA Cup run.
With Bolton struggling financially and relegated to League One, it is unclear if Wood will have a future at the club.