5 Players who you may never know that they were with Man City. Are they there?
Career path post-City: Paris Saint-Germain, Toulouse (loan), Juventus
The Frenchman was only at City’s academy for a short spell in 2008 before returning to France and eventually joining the youth ranks at PSG, from where he relocated to Juventus last summer. Despite a promising move to Turin, the mercurial midfielder has largely failed to acclimatise to Sarriball and talk of a summer exit has been heating up.
Although his association with Guardiola’s club may have been all too brief, he is another footballer who would have fit the right profile of a player ready to perform for the Catalan.
Career path post-City: Mainz, Liverpool, Besiktas (loan)
The goalkeeper played for the U18 and the U21 Manchester City teams after scouts watched him play in the young German team that faced Macedonia, completing his signing in July 2009. He failed to make a senior appearance during his time in Manchester and has since followed fellow German and ex-Mainz player Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool.
Karius had an initially tough time between the sticks at Anfield, with the Reds boss continuing to be up in arms about deciding between the German and Simon Mignolet for the No. 1 role. He had seemed to have silenced his critics before two mistakes in the 2018 Champions League final forced Klopp to spend £65m on Alisson Becker.
The much-maligned ‘keeper was sent out on loan to Besiktas in Turkey on a two-year loan deal but recently terminated his contract following a pay dispute. The German submitted an official complaint to FIFA after heated disputes with the club’s hierarchy.
Career path post-City: Barnsley (loan), Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid
Born in Bury, Kieran Trippier joined Man City at the age of nine in 1999. After signing his first professional contract with the club in 2007, he went on to lift the FA Youth Cup the same season but would only manage a friendly appearance against Barcelona with the first team.
A two-season loan with Barnsley led to interest from Burnley. Building a reputation as one of the best crossers in the Championship, Trippier only played one season in the Premier League with the Clarets before Spurs snapped him up as an understudy to Kyle Walker in 2015.
Trippier soon established himself as the north London club’s first-choice right-back — owing in part to Walker’s £45m switch to City — and turned heads during England’s run to the World Cup semi-final after creating more chances than any other player at the tournament.
However, the 2018/19 campaign would be his last as a Spurs player with that season’s Champions League final against Liverpool being Trippier’s final game. The full-back would move to Spain and link-up with Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.
Career path post-City: Flamengo, Arsenal (loan)
Mari joined City from Gimnàstic in August 2016 but the Spaniard’s chances of forcing his way into their star-studded first team were slim to none.
Instead, the Almussafes-born centre-back would play for no fewer than three clubs on loan, including Girona and NAC Breda — both having close ties with City — before joining Brazilian giants Flamengo.
He’d lift South America’s most prestigious club trophy, the Copa Libertadores, before returning to England in January 2020 with Arsenal, albeit his stay will initially be a temporary one.
Career path post-City: Barcelona B, Sevilla (loan), Villarreal, Barcelona, Arsenal (loan), Celta Vigo
Signed from Celta Vigo in 2011, the Spaniard spent two years at City before returning to Spain to join Barcelona‘s B-team set-up, who then sent the midfielder out on loan with Sevilla for the 2014/15 season.
Despite helping his temporary paymasters to win the Europa League, his parent club sold him to Villarreal in 2015 but wisely inserted a buy-back clause into the deal.
Only a year later they came back for Suarez, who was regarded in some quarters as the future of Barcelona’s midfield. He is one of the players in this list who would have been ideal for the Pep Guardiola era at the Etihad. Suarez recently returned to the Premier League in signing for Arsenal on a loan until the end of the 2018/19 season, but the Gunners didn’t execute their option to sign him permanently with Suarez subsequently re-joining boyhood club Celta.