The contract situation with Tete is blurred by the situation in Ukraine, but on early evidence, if the price is right, City should secure his services beyond this year. The Brazilian is still raw at this level, as proven by his mistake in the build up to Arsenal’s winning goal on Saturday, but he thrills and excites every time he picks up the ball.
That leaves two of the men who have been there throughout the post-title era in Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy. Both have shown their value to the club by stepping up with gritty performances when required, in spite of a real lack of extended first team action.
Mendy has proven himself to be a solid, if unspectacular midfielder, as his game has raised and Wilfred Ndidi’s has dropped for the two West Africans to meet somewhere at the same level. Amartey has proven competence, just all too sparingly, with mistakes becoming a part of his identity.
Both deserve a new deal, perhaps just an extra year each, but neither could be blamed for exploring their options. At 30, Mendy might want to secure a first team berth elsewhere, and with Amartey finding himself at fourth choice centre-back, a move away could be the kickstart his career needs.