Premier League confirm Man City decision to release two players

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No senior players have been released in the Premier League announcement.

The Premier League have published their annual retained list, which names all the players set to be released by top-flight clubs.

For Manchester City, it was always going to be a quiet announcement with no first-team players’ contracts winding down. Scott Carson was the only member of Pep Guardiola’s squad whose deal was set to expire, but he penned an extension last month that will keep him at the Etihad until 2025.

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However, there were two youth-team departures confirmed on Wednesday, with the exits of Josh Adam and Jamal Baptiste.

The former’s departure had already been confirmed via a social media post from his father, Allan, in May. The Glasgow-born midfielder joined in 2020 and impressed in the Under-18s’ 2021/22 title win, and has been a regular for the Under-21s over the last two years.

As for Baptiste, who has actually played twice for West Ham United’s first team, he leaves after an unsuccessful loan at City’s sister side Lommel this season.

The double departure means City’s youth team will largely stay together from 2023/24, although several will obviously depart in either permanent or loan moves.

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Elsewhere, Manchester United’s released list included several high-profile names, with Rapahel Varane, Brandon Williams, Charlie McNeil and Anthony Martial leaving. Tom Heaton, Jonny Evans and Omari Forson were named on the list but the club are still in contact regarding new deals for the trio.

Other notable departures include: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Adam Lallana (Brighton), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Dele Alli (Everton), Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham), Thiago (Liverpool), Joel Matip (Liverpool), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham), Ivan Perisic (Tottenham), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham).

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