Pep Guardiola leaves out £81m worth of Manchester City talent from squad to play Champions League qualifier

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When Pep Guardiola named his Manchester City squad for their Champions League play-off with Steaua Bucharest, a whopping £81million of talent was absent.

The first-team trio of Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala were all left out of Guardiola’s team for the two-legged European clash with the Romanian side.

City’s new manager has continued to ring the changes at the Eithad following his move from Bayern Munich this summer. 

Pep Guardiola named his Champions League squad for the upcoming qualifier last week  

Pep Guardiola named his Champions League squad for the upcoming qualifier last week  

Midfielder Samir Nasri, signed from Arsenal in a £24m move in 2011, didn't make the squad

Midfielder Samir Nasri, signed from Arsenal in a £24m move in 2011, didn’t make the squad

CITY SQUAD TRAVELLING TO ROMANIA 

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Willy Caballero,  Angus Gunn

Defenders: Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy, John Stones, Tosin Adarabioyo, Angelino

Midfielders: Fernando, Raheem Sterling, Jesus Navas, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, David Silva, Fernandinho

Forwards: Nolito, Sergio Aguero, Kelechi Ihenacho 

And having bolstered his ranks with the signings of Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, Leroy Sane and Nolito, the trio left out of his Champions League squad face an uncertain future. 

The fact that Guardiola, who saw his team secure a 2-1 win over Sunderland in their Premier League opener, was happy to leave over £80m worth of talent at home suggests they could move on to pastures new this summer. 

French attacking midfielder Nasri is the longest-serving player of the trio, having signed from Arsenal in a controversial £24m move in 2011. 

Nasri has had a hit-and-miss time in Manchester and although he has helped the club win two Premier League titles, his City future remains unclear. 

City also broke the bank to sign Mangala from Portuguese giants Porto in 2014, parting with £32m to secure his services. 

But the France defender has failed to live up to the hype and has been strongly linked with a move to Valencia this summer. 

Wilfried Bony, who signed for £25m, is another high-profile absentee from the City squad

Wilfried Bony, who signed for £25m, is another high-profile absentee from the City squad

City broke the bank to sign Eliaquim Mangala, parting with £32m to secure his services

City broke the bank to sign Eliaquim Mangala, parting with £32m to secure his services

£81M WORTH OF TALENT LEFT OUT OF CITY SQUAD 

Samir Nasri, £24m from Arsenal in 2011

Wilfried Bony, £25m from Swansea in January 2015

Eliaquim Mangala, £32m from Porto in 2014 

Total: £81m 

Bony, the third high-profile absentee from the squad for the match with the Romanian giants, signed for City from Swansea in a £25m move.

Arriving in January 2015 as support for Sergio Aguero, he has played a bit-part role and may have to move on this summer in search for regular football.

The Ivorian has managed just six goals in 36 Premier League appearances for the Etihad outfit and has fallen further down the pecking order following the arrival of Spain international Nolito.  

Yaya Toure is another notable absentee from the travelling squad although he was named in the initial squad for the European qualifying play-off.

The 33-year-old, who arrived from Barcelona in a £24m deal, will not play a part in Tuesday’s first-leg but could feature in next Wednesday’s second leg.

Yaya Toure is absent from the travelling squad although he was named in the initial squad

Yaya Toure is absent from the travelling squad although he was named in the initial squad

Spain striker Nolito (left) is among the players to sign for Manchester City this season

Spain striker Nolito (left) is among the players to sign for Manchester City this season

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