Where Manchester Citys Centurions are now after Raheem Sterlings Chelsea move

Manchester City forever etched their name in Premier League history by amassing a record 100 point tally in 2017/18 with Raheem Sterling a lynchpin of Pep Guardiola's incredible side.

A major summer revamp saw them bring in the likes of Bernardo Silva, Ederson and Kyle Walker as the Citizens geared up a major assault on the title. Guardiola's debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium was far from perfect as the Catalan suffered his first trophyless season since first taking over at boyhood club Barcelona in 2008.

However, the 275 days between their day one triumph at the Amex and a last-ditch win against Southampton saw City produce some of the best football this country has ever witnessed.

Now, after Sterling has made his £50m move to Chelsea, Daily Star Sport takes a look back at Guardiola's Centurions squad and where they are, four years down the road.

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Ederson

The Brazilian has formed the bedrock of City's backline and helped transform their style of play since his arrival from Benfica.

He has won the Premier League Golden Glove thrice in what has almost turned into an annual battle between Ederson and his compatriot, Liverpool star Alisson Becker.

His ability on the ball and distribution often overshadows how good a shot stopper he is but Ederson remains a key cog in City’s fine-tuned system.

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Claudio Bravo

Bravo always delivered when called upon for cup action in the Centurions season, producing a host of crucial penalty shootout saves – despite making an awful start to his City career after replacing Joe Hart between the sticks in 2016.

The Chilean gave a taste of his own distribution by teeing up Sergio Aguero for the opener in City’s 3-0 win over Arsenal in the 2018 Carabao Cup final.

After spending four seasons in Manchester, the 39-year-old departed City in 2020 to join Real Betis on a free transfer, before hanging up his boots in 2020.

Kyle Walker

The England international was a stellar addition to City’s ageing backline after Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta departed in the summer of 2017.

Five seasons on from his £50 million switch from Tottenham, the 32-year-old has established himself as one of the best full-backs in world football and has the silverware to back it up.

In a defence that has often been mooted as City’s Achilles Heel under Guardiola, Walker has been arguably the most consistent performer and his impressive displays at club level have seen him keep the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James out of Gareth Southgate’s England side.

Danilo

After signing from Real Madrid, the versatile full-back made an exciting start to life at City by injecting some freshness into a defence that desperately needed inspiration.

A satisfying first year in Manchester was followed by a rather frustrating one for the 30-year-old, who was crucial in the build-up to one of the most important goals scored by Manchester City under Guardiola – Leroy Sane’s winner in a statement 2-1 victory over the-then league leaders.

Having picked up a couple of Premier League medals amongst other domestic success, the Brazilian headed to Turin as part of a package deal that brought the silky Joao Cancelo to City from Juventus.

John Stones

There were huge expectations on young John Stones when Guardiola made the Barnsley-born defender his eighth signing at City and his premier acquisition at centre-half.

After a stuttering first season during which he received huge criticism, Stones proved his mettle over the course of a historic 2017/18 campaign for his side – who won the league and Carabao Cup double.

Ups and downs amid exit links have since followed but after sorting out his life off the pitch, Stones was a regular alongside Ruben Dias in the 2020/21 season though he arguably spent more minutes on the bench than he’d have liked last term.

Nicolas Otamendi

Otamendi was one of the biggest success stories of the Centurions season, forming a strong partnership in defence with Stones/Aymeric Laporte and scoring five goals across all competitions for the six-time Premier League champions.

The Argentinian was rewarded for his assured displays with a lucrative four year deal in January 2018. Things didn’t go as planned for Otamendi the following season as he made just 18 league outings and was largely a squad player for Guardiola.

Defensive errors and lacklustre showings proved to be his downfall towards the end – as City sent Otamendi the other way and brought in Ruben Dias from Benfica for £62 million days after receiving a 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Leicester.

Aymeric Laporte

Laporte was brought in to provide cover at the back for City amidst a personnel crisis midway through the 2017/18 season, with the Spain international arriving with huge expectations after turning heads in La Liga.

However, Laporte fell down the pecking order following the resurgence of Stones, who forged a rock-solid partnership with Dias to help City claim the league title back from Liverpool and reach their first-ever Champions League final in 2021.

Assurances over regular minutes aren’t a thing for Guardiola and Laporte fought his way back into the starting XI last term, putting an end to any transfer speculation after reportedly being open to leaving City in 2021 amid interest from Spain.

Vincent Kompany

Kompany made limited appearances for City in the Centurions season but the role he had in and around the changing room form meant there were big shoes to fill when the former defender left in 2019.

The 36-year-old spent the following season as player-manager at Anderlecht before retiring from professional football in 2020.

He has now been announced as Burnley manager and will be looking to get his side promoted after the Clarets went down on the last day of the recent Premier League season.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

Swiftly moving on from a disaster signing, Oleksandr Zinchenko has been a key component of Guardiola’s intricate puzzle City signed him from Russian outfit Ufa in 2016.

Perhaps one of the most technically underrated players in Europe, the versatile Ukrainian epitomises that if talent doesn’t work hard, hard work beats talent – and Zinchenko is as talented on the ball as anyone in City’s star-studded dressing room.

The 25-year-old has captured the hearts of Manchester City fans with his contributions – playing a starring role in an enthralling final day comeback against Aston Villa to retain the Premier League – and whilst he may finally be on the move as the Citizens plot a bid for Brighton’s Marc Cucurella, Zinchenko, who arrived in Manchester as a boy, will leave a man.

Fabian Delph

For all his exploits on the pitch, Fabian Delph’s biggest moment in blue perhaps came when he lashed out at his teammates after City squandered a two-goal lead and even worse, the opportunity to be confirmed Premier League champions against local rivals Manchester United.

The words, “Stick to the basics of football, just the basics!” were reverberating in east Manchester that evening, which perfectly outlines how Delph, who was signed from Aston Villa by Manuel Pellegrini, went from strength to strength and in his second season under Guardiola and became one of the most influential characters in the dressing room.

The Englishman did an excellent job in filling in at left-back in Mendy’s absence before losing his place in the squad and eventually moving to Everton ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Yaya Toure

Piece of cake. Yaya Toure made the beautiful game look ridiculously easy in his prime and is still regarded by many Premier League legends as one of their most difficult opponents.

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak told Toure he represents the very best of what had transpired at the club on the pitch in the decade preceding his exit in 2018, despite being restricted to just 17 outings in his final season at the Etihad Stadium

And regardless of his agent’s words against Guardiola, Toure is a decorated Manchester City legend and during his illustrious time at the club, he dragged the Citizens over the line more times than he is still perhaps given credit for.

Fernandinho

“Honestly, Fernandinho is the most professional person I’ve ever seen in my life,” said a star-struck Jack Grealish in conversation with Sky Sports after City’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa in May.

No words can do justice to what Fernandinho gave City since he paid £4 million of his own transfer fee to seal a move to the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2013.

Winning five Premier League titles during his time in Manchester, two of those as club captain, the 37-year-old has been a class act on and off the pitch and in doing so, has embedded himself deep into the club’s history.

Kevin De Bruyne

Some may argue the £55 million fee splashed by Manchester City’s owners on Chelsea reject Kevin De Bruyne, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year for the last two seasons, was not ‘absolute bonkers’ after all.

The Belgian has developed into the finest playmaker in world football under Guardiola and has left no room for debate over his quality with season after season of outstanding performances that have led City’s numerous title and European charges.

The best could be yet to come as De Bruyne is set to link up with young Erling Haaland, a natural number nine, who could help the 31-year-old obliterate every assist record set in history.

David Silva

Often hailed as one of the greatest-ever imports into English football, David Silva is, to this day, an absolute joke with the ball at his feet.

His ability to control the ball in tight spaces was often hailed by Guardiola, who shared a very strong relationship with his compatriot in Silva’s final four years at City.

El Mago bid farewell to an empty Etihad Stadium but the current Real Sociedad star has all the respect in the world for what he has given to Manchester City and the Premier League in general.

Bernardo Silva

Deemed by many as a prospective successor to David Silva following his arrival to City, the Portuguese had a decent first season where he was often a squad player but stepped up at key moments in the business end of the season, with important strikes against Arsenal and Chelsea in the league run-in.

The following season will be difficult for Silva to surpass as he led his side to a clean sweep of domestic trophies and the Champions League quarter-final, whilst also claiming Nations League glory with Portugal.

Silva has admitted to having expressed a desire to leave City following the pandemic but a move has so far failed to materialise despite heavy interest. A contract extension is understood to be in the works after another sensational season for the 27-year-old in Manchester.

Ilkay Gundogan

The first signing of the Guardiola era at Manchester City, Gundogan was in and out of the side in his first few seasons at the club as De Bruyne and David Silva were often the preferred picks in the attacking midfield areas.

However, the German’s industrious style of play and ability to operate across the midfield and even down the middle have seen him turn into a core member of Guardiola’s ranks in recent seasons.

The 31-year-old’s brace off the bench against Aston Villa in May is enough to commission a statue outside the Etihad Stadium, though he does face an uncertain future at City as he enters the final 12 months of his current deal.

Brahim Diaz

Remember him? After rising through the academy ranks at City alongside Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, Diaz made 10 senior appearances in the 2017/18 season, with five of those coming in the Premier League and three in the Champions League.

However, limited first-team opportunities the following campaign saw Diaz return to Spain as he joined Real Madrid, where he couldn’t make an impact under Santiago Solari and Zinedine Zidane for 18 months.

Since the start of the 2020/21 season, Diaz has shown great promise on loan at AC Milan and it remains to be seen if he will look to prove himself back at Real Madrid when he returns next summer or decides to move on.

Phil Foden

The simple lad from Stockport whose dream has come true. Phil Foden bleeds blue and after playing understudy to the likes of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne in his teenage years, he is now reaping the rewards of his patience.

A huge mention must go to Guardiola, who has championed Foden’s integration to the first-team and in doing so has set an example for upcoming academy graduates – who have been shown the dream is possible if you have the skill and work ethic.

A regular for the England National Team, Foden has gradually elevated his game to a different level under Guardiola’s stewardship and one can only wonder how high his ceiling can get as he remains just 22 years of age.

Raheem Sterling

He came and he conquered. Raheem Sterling, who was confirmed as a Chelsea player on Wednesday, leaves Manchester City with 131 goals and 94 assists to his name in sky blue.

The England international decided against signing a new contract at City and prioritised regular minutes over a guarantee of trophies – which shows the drive the four-time Premier League winner carries to this day.

Sterling departs City in an amicable way and he will always be welcomed back at the Etihad, where he served as well as anyone during his trophy-laden seven year spell.

Leroy Sane

After a subdued start to life at City, Sane broke into the starting XI midway through his debut season. His directness and pace on the wing were something City had lacked under Pellegrini.

He won the PFA Young Player of the Year award after a breakthrough 2017/18 season but Guardiola is believed to have never been fully convinced by Sane’s attitude despite his eye-catching showings on the pitch.

A season spent largely on the sidelines took a hit on his market value before the German got his desired move to Bayern Munich in 2020.

Sergio Aguero

The legendary forward’s place in the starting XI was in jeopardy after Gabriel Jesus impressed following his arrival from Palmeiras in January 2017.

Aguero did not kick a fuss and did his talking on the pitch, getting his place back in the side and remaining a mainstay until the injuries that had taken a bitter toll on his career meant despite his quality in and around the box, he could no longer be City’s talisman.

Scoring twice in five minutes after coming on in his final game in a City shirt against Everton in May 2021, the Argentinian received a grand farewell at the Etihad Stadium though he was forced to a premature retirement for health reasons just months after joining Barcelona on a free transfer.

Gabriel Jesus

Jesus was perceived by many as a natural replacement for Sergio Aguero once he got off the mark with a few strikes in his opening games for City.

It was quite clear in the years that would follow that Jesus was just not as good in front of goal as City would like their leading scorer to be, with Guardiola often positioning the Brazilian on either side to try and get the best out of him.

In his final season at the Etihad, the now-Arsenal man showed promise featuring on the right side of attack but remained in and out of the line-up until later in the campaign, when he went on a brilliant scoring run and featured heavily in City’s closing games of the season.

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