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Season 2010/11

Out of contract senior trio leave Blues

  • 08 June 2010 11:27
  • Posted by Chris Bailey

Martin Petrov, Sylvinho and Benjani are senior players who will leave City this summer.

All three are out of contract and free to negotiate deals at new clubs.

Each has made a noteworthy contribution during their time at the City of Manchester Stadium and the club wishes them well in their futures.

Bulgarian winger Petrov arrived during Sven-Goran Eriksson’s reign and despite being cursed by injury managed 57 starts for the Blues.

The 31-year-old former Atletico Madrid and Wolfsburg man produced several match winning performances scoring 15, often spectacular, goals along the way

Zimbabwe international captain Benjani was also an Eriksson purchase and shot to instant popularity amongst City fans scoring the winning goal on his debut in a 2-1 derby success at Old Trafford.

Another to be beset by injury problems at various points of his stay, the 31-year-old  was a periphery figure this season and eventually went on loan to Sunderland at the end of the campaign. In all he made 27 starts for the Blues and scored seven goals.

Veteran Brazil defender Sylvinho came on a one-year contract at the start of this season straight from helping Barcelona to Champions League success.

The 35-year-old found his first team starts restricted to just nine but became an instant hit in the dressing room with his professionalism and knowledge that he was always ready to pass on.

Had it not been for Adam Johnson’s stunning effort in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland, Sylvinho’s eye-catching, long-range FA Cup goal at Scunthorpe would have been voted the goal of the season.

Also released this summer are young striker Jack Redshaw who is interesting Rochdale, goalkeeper Tobias Johansen and midfielder Karl Moore.

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