Man City has meticulously planned their squad, and their success in retaining important players alludes to a future in which they could be dominant.
Ederson, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Palmer, Kayky, Grealish form the basis of the Manchester City squad.
City have excelled at long-term planning, both in terms of commercial revenue and the composition of their playing team, and they are well-positioned to maintain their current dominance in English football.
That’s a worrying scenario for the rest of the Premier League, particularly Liverpool’s rivals, who appear to be staring down a triple-barrelled star forward trio Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, and Roberto Firmino reach the end of their current contracts.
Toni Rudiger, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all reaching the end of their contracts, so Chelsea has a lot of work to do.
City’s spending in the transfer market has attracted a lot of talks but the club has invested in quality players.
One recent criticism of City’s squad suggests that the squad seems restless and unfulfilled despite all their success.
Joao Cancelo has joined the ranks of Ruben Dias and Jack Grealish as the latest City player to commit to the club for the long haul, signing a contract extension until 2027.
Ederson, John Stones, Cole Palmer, and intriguing Brazilian starlet Kayky are all under contract until 2026.
Then there’s Zack Steffen, Laporte, Nathan Ake, Kevin De Bruyne, and Bernardo, all of whom have contracts that will end in 2025.
City are anticipated to finalize contracts for Phil Foden, Rodri, and Aleks Zinchenko, who are all due in 2024, while the fates of Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, and Gabriel Jesus, who have only 18 months left on their present contracts, require the most attention.
Man City have a four- to five-year strategic plan in place for their squad, but it cannot account for the unpredictability of player form, whims, and injuries.
However, they have a rough idea of how the core of the City squad will look in 2025.
Long-term contracts not only provide stability and strategic planning for the squad, but they also protect your most precious assets, as Liverpool is discovering with Salah demanding a wage commensurate with his status as a Ballon D’Or contender.
Salah, Mane, and most likely Firmino will all be kept by the Merseyside club, while Naby Keita has just over a year left on his contract.