The end of the summer transfer window is fast approaching and there’s always speculation surrounding the future of certain players and it’s no different at Manchester City.
While the Blues have only made one first-team addition this summer, they are constantly adding new young players to the City Football Group to try and secure the next big talent.
However, some of those youngsters struggle to realise their potential and fall down the pecking order, to the point where they become a forgotten member of the squad.
Ahead of the start of the new Premier League season, here are six players you might not realise are still contracted to City:
Having made the move from Fulham way back in 2015, Patrick Roberts has failed to make an impression in a City shirt, but despite only making three senior appearances, he still has a year left on his current deal with the club.
A successful year-and-a-half on loan at Celtic made it seem that the winger would go on to prove his worth at the Etihad but a series of injuries and disappointing spells with Girona, Norwich City, Middlesbrough and Derby County have hampered his progress.
The 24-year-old, who scored on the final day to keep the Rams in the Championship, is set to depart the Blues this summer, whether that be for another loan or on a permanent.
Gomes joined City in 2018 with huge expectations and Guardiola certainly seemed to like him, comparing the teenager to Fernandinho and featuring him in the Community Shield win against Chelsea.
However, the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder made one more appearance that year before falling out of favour with the City boss despite an impressive start.
Gomes spent some time with PSV Eindhoven's Under-21s and returned into City’s youth set-up for the Papa John’s Trophy last season. He also made his FA Cup debut in the win at Swansea City, coming on as a second-half substitute.
Although he has until 2023 to earn a new deal, it is likely that Gomes will spend this term either in City’s Elite Development Squad or away from the club, with Crystal Palace linked with the Frenchman this summer.
Due to a serious injury suffered by Claudio Bravo, Muric spent the 2018/19 season as Ederson's back-up and conceded just once in his five senior appearances in the Carabao Cup that year, including a pivotal performance in the penalty shoot-out win at Leicester on the way to glory.
The Kosovan would move to Nottingham Forest to get some valuable game time under his belt but two costly errors on his debut against West Brom has only seen the goalkeeper’s career go downhill ever since.
After making just four more appearances on Trentside, Muric joined Girona for a brief loan spell, before spending the second half of last season at Dutch side Willem II, where he played 11 times.
Despite still having three years left on his deal with City, Muric's long-term future remains unclear and at 22 years of age this could be the perfect time for him to play regularly and show potential suitors what he’s capable of.
City’s only male representative at the Olympics, Itakura has become a forgotten man having spent two seasons on loan in the Eredivisie with FC Groningen.
That spell, however, has been a success, playing 66 times during his time in the Netherlands, whilst helping his side to a seventh-place finish but they missed out on European football through the play-off system.
He is also enjoying an incredibly successful tournament with Japan in the Olympics as they topped the group with three wins from three. Itakura scored his first international goal back in May during a 10-0 World Cup qualifier win over Myanmar.
The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a transfer to Scottish side Celtic this summer, but it’s likely that if the move is going to happen, it will be when his Olympic campaign is over.
Dutch defender Philippe Sandler's only two senior appearances for City came back in 2019. He looked impressive at both centre-back and defensive midfield in those matches, to the point where it seemed that he might soon become a first-team regular at the club.
However, the following season he was sent on loan to Vincent Kompany's Anderlecht where, after starting his first 11 games, he suffered a serious injury which kept him out of action for well over a year.
Sandler has now recovered from that setback and has featured for the Blues in pre-season, playing 45 minutes in the 2-0 win over Preston North End on Tuesday night.
With one year left on his current City contract, it is unknown as to whether Sandler is in Guardiola’s imminent plans and he could be another who departs the club before the end of the window.
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