Gael Clichy has confirmed his departure from Manchester City at the end of the season as his contract runs out.
Clichy was asked during a Q&A session today if he would be playing with Joe Hart next season and he made the situation clear in his response.
“It’s hard. I’m not sure whether or not Joe will be here next season, and I won’t be here next season.”
Clichy has been one of City’s underperformers this season and has had trouble holding a spot in the team with Guardiola even reverting to a back three on a couple of occasions earlier in the season.
Gael Clichy joined Manchester City in the summer of 2011 for £7 million from Arsenal. The France international made 138 Premier League appearances and scored two goals in his six years at the club.
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has been reportedly eyeing both Clichy, and his French Compatriot Bacary Sagna as his South London side begin to plan for another year in the Premier League. Palace willing to offer both players salaries of £80,000 per week, but a return for both of them to France is not off the cards either.
While Gael has not been at his best in recent years, he has still played his part in City’s success and has been a good servant to the club, and for that, he will always be fondly remembered by the majority.