Manchester City’s David Silva faces an uncertain future under Pep Guardiola, as he becomes the latest superstar coming under pressure in Guardiola’s City revolution.
The Spaniard is attempting to adapt to Guardiola’s demands for a high-press style and the ruthless boss has made it clear that no-one is safe at the Etihad, after omitting Silva from the starting line-up in the last two games.
Players once considered so untouchable that the club sacked Roberto Mancini in 2013 in order to avoid a dressing-room revolt are now coming under scrutiny as Guardiola decides if they are capable of delivering the style he wants.
Sergio Aguero’s reluctance to submit himself to the Catalan’s tactical plan has seen him axed from City’s starting line-up for the last two games.
Six of the seven players who are out of contract at the end of the season will not be offered new deals, with Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero leaving.
There is no way back for Hart and Nasri. Big-money flops Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony are also finished at the Etihad after being loaned out.