Fresh off winning the Barclays Premier League its back to business as usual for Manchester City with chief executive Ferran Soriano confirming that new signings are coming while at the same time saying that Joleon Lescott would be leaving the club.
Strongly linked to a move to the Etihad is Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna after the French international refused to sign a new contract at the Emirates despite manager Arsene Wenger doing his best to persuade him to stay.
Portuguese club Porto’s duo of Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando are also reported to be on the Manchester City hit list as manager Manuel Pellegrini prepares his squad for next season.
“The planning has been done already,” said Soriano in the Manchester Evening News. “We don’t do this in the summer, we do this during the year.
“We know that some players will be leaving because their contracts are finishing. We have some new players coming.
“But it’s fair to say that the base of our team is going to be the same.
“These players are players who are winning. Remember, we have only been working with Manuel Pellegrini for one year so we are sure next year it will be better.
“To build a team needs time. You will see some changes in the team but not massive.”
When speaking about the departure of Lescott Soriano said:”Joleon Lescott is finishing his contract and is leaving. Joleon has been a key player for us. Not only for what he did on the pitch but also his leadership and character in the team. We wish him well.
“Some players leave and some new players will come. We’re not changing the base of the team.”