Key Man City strategy set to leave Liverpool FC and Chelsea standing in next five years – Stuart Brennan

Ederson, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Palmer, Kayky, Grealish.

These ten names could form the basis of Manchester City’s squad three years from now, when most of them will be at their peak.

It’s a sobering thought for the rest of the Premier League, especially rivals Liverpool, who appear to be staring at a three-barreled shotgun as star forward trio Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino are entering the final year of their current contracts.

Chelsea also have serious work to do, with Toni Rudiger, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi all approaching the final two years of their contracts.

People talk a lot about City’s spending in the transfer market, a lot of nonsense that doesn’t recognize that their investments in quality players are paying off in terms of improving the value of those human assets as well as winning trophies.

How City have kept these players in hand isn’t such a popular topic, cultivating a family atmosphere around the playing squad, a bond that carries them through tough times in matches and tough times in seasons. .

A recent City review suggested the City squad seem restless and dissatisfied despite all their success – the comment from someone who doesn’t see these players up close.

Like any other team, players who don’t play get restless – like Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte did last season, and sometimes a player gets homesick for personal reasons unrelated to football, like Bernardo Silva l has done over the past two summers.

But the fact that these three players have stayed and thrived this season speaks to the true spirit and togetherness of this exceptional team of players.

It needed no underlining – few clubs can boast the longevity of service from big stars like Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, and now Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne.

It doesn’t look like a club where the stars are dissatisfied and cast envious glances elsewhere.

Joao Cancelo signs new contract at Man City

Joao Cancelo has become the latest City star to sign up for the long term, signing a contract extension until 2027, to join the same group as Ruben Dias and Jack Grealish.

Right behind them are Ederson, John Stones, Cole Palmer and the exciting young Brazilian Kayky, all linked until 2026.

Then there are Zack Steffen, Laporte, Nathan Ake, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo, whose contracts expire in 2025.

City are set to sort out deals for Phil Foden, Rodri and Aleks Zinchenko, all due in 2024, while the futures of Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus need the most attention, with just 18 months remaining on their current offers.

The Blues have a strategic plan for their squad which foresees up to four to five years out, although that cannot take into account the unpredictability of players’ form, quirks and injuries.

But as a preview, they already have a vision of what City’s core squad could look like in 2025, with Palmer, and possibly Kayky and James McAtee, entering the equation.

Tying players on long contracts not only allows for stability and strategic planning in the team, but also protects your most valuable assets – as Liverpool are currently finding out, Salah is asking for a salary commensurate with his status as a Ballon D’ candidate. Gold.

No doubt the Merseyside club will do everything in their power to keep Salah and Mane, and likely Firmino, while Naby Keita is also just over a year old.

But uncertainty is not good.

City have been excellent in their planning, both in terms of commercial revenue and their squad of players, and they are well organized to maintain their current position as the dominant force in English football.

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