In a team full of star-studded talent, it can be hard for some members of the squad to cement a regular spot in the first team.
Eliaquim Mangala arrived at Manchester City in 2014 with plenty of promise following his club-record £42m switch, but he failed to deliver.
The defender had loan spells at Valencia and was sent to Everton for the second half of last season.
Unfortunately, though, the 27-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in just his second outing for the Toffees, and he did not play again that season.
It is safe to say that Mangala will not be a regular in Pep Guardiola’s team any time soon, but according to the Daily Star, City are considering offering the Frenchman a contract extension.
The defender has now entered the final year of his deal, which means that if another club wanted him next summer, he could join them on a free transfer.
It could be a case of City wanting to make sure that they get some financial benefits if Mangala was to leave, but even so, plenty of fans on Twitter are confused by the club’s stance.
Complete waste of time. Pound for pound one of our worst signings. Each to their own but down get why people want to keep him, even as rotation player – not good enough.
— Mike (@MikeC_Mcfc) July 22, 2018
I’d get him off the wage bill now. If he gets another contract, he will surely get a pay rise. What’s the point ?.
— Graeme (@kennygraeme63) July 22, 2018
I wouldn’t have him in a pub team.
— 💯©00[&th€9@ng🛵 (@coolandthegangs) July 22, 2018
🤦🏼♂️ then we still can’t get rid of him and pay him for another 3 years.
— andrew clowes (@clowesy1977) July 22, 2018
This has to be a huge joke
— D (@Thenameis_DAN) July 22, 2018
Daily star your sick why add him contract when we want him to go now
— akankunda garasiano (@akankundaga) July 22, 2018
I’ve got 84p in my whisky bottle ,I’ll take him just to get him off City’s books. Sorry but he’s been a disaster.
— Ian Bailey (@IanBail71946632) July 22, 2018
Even average teams like Everton wouldn’t keep him.
— Abody#MCFC (@AbodyMcfc) July 22, 2018