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One In, Three To Go

With the Jerome Boateng deal sorted, City have begun their summer clear-out, with Martin Petrov, Benjani and Sylvinho all being allowed to leave the club during the summer.

The trio’s contracts come to an end and have been told they will not be renewed, leaving them free to negotiate transfers to other clubs.

Petrov was signed by Sven Goran Eriksson in 2007 but, after an impressive first season, was injured for most of the 2008/09 campaign as City reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup and was found himself out of favour with former manager Mark Hughes. The Bulgarian made 57 appearances for the blues, scoring 15 goals in the process.

Zimbabwean striker Benjani was also signed by Eriksson from Portsmouth during the January transfer window of 2008 and became an instant hero at Eastlands by scoring the winner on his debut in a 2-1 win against United at Old Trafford. But injury problems also hampered his progress and the signings of Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Craig Bellamy pushed Benjani further down the pecking order and he spent the latter half of last season on loan at Sunderland.

Former Arsenal man Sylvinho was signed on a free transfer by Mark Hughes last summer but, with the recent signing of Jerome Boateng from Hamburg, the Brazilian now finds himself surplus to requirements.

Who’s next? Robinho? Adebayor? Who would you like to see leave the club.

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