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FM17: Manchester City Player Ratings Revealed

Here's the Mancester City team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

It’s the same deal with Manchester City’s squad as with their local rivals United: Guardiola did all the hard work in the market for you. His summer signings, for the most part, have been young and will develop into stars over time, namely Leroy Sane and John Stones. Don’t forget that Gabriel Jesus will be joining your ranks in January. The most work will need to be done in defence. Replacing your fullbacks should be number one priority as all are over the age of 30 and their best days are behind them. Another cente-back maybe wouldn’t go amiss either.

Manchester City’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £28,900,000

Wage budget: £3,652,505


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
GoalkeeperClaudio Bravo4433Chile£9.25m
GoalkeeperWilly Caballero2.52.534Argentina£725k

For whatever reason, Claudio Bravo is actually given a four-star current ability rating so he’s worth keeping around as your number one. However, he is 33 and you should look to replace him in the near future. Willy Caballero, furthermore, is 34 and only 2.5 stars. Signing a young back up for the future is important. Caballero won’t attract a big fee, but with City’s budget, it shouldn’t be a problem.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
DefenderJohn Stones2.5422England£28.5m
DefenderBacary Sagna3333France£1.8m
DefenderAleksandar Kolarov2.52.530Serbia£8m
DefenderNicolas Otamendi3.53.528Argentina£25m
DefenderVincent Kompany4430Belgium£20m
DefenderPablo Zabaleta3331Argentina£6.5m
DefenderPablo Maffeo1.5318Spain£450k
DefenderGael Clichy2.52.530France£4m

At centre-back, you’ll be able to mount a title challenge playing John Stones, Vincent Kompany or Nicolas Otamendi. Kompany is four-stars, Otamendi 3.5 and Stones can develop into a four-star player with the right guidance. I suggest playing Stones from the beginning to ensure he gets enough game time to develop. The problem is with the fullbacks. None are below the age of 30, except for 18-year-old Maffeo, who should be loaned out, and the best of them is Sagna and Zabaleta with three-star current ability ratings. This should be priority number one in the transfer market. Offload any two of them to build some funds. If you want to play like Guardiola, I suggest searching for defenders with high passing ability and good composure. Look for ball-playing defenders.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
MidfielderYaya Toure2.52.533Ivory Coast£2.5m
MidfielderIlkay Gundogan4425Germany£36m
MidfielderLeroy Sane3420Gemany£25m
MidfielderRaheem Sterling2.5321England£30.5m
MidfielderFabian Delph2.52.526England£17.75m
MidfielderJesus Navas2.52.530Spain£8.75m
MidfielderDavid Silva4430Spain£24m
MidfielderKevin De Bruyne4425Belgium£55m

City have a world-class midfield and there shouldn’t be much need to change what you start with. All of Gundogan, Sane, Silva and de Bruyne either start or can reach four-star ability and they should be in your team from the beginning. City could do with a better defensive midfielder (Fernandinho is only rated at 3.5 stars) and you could sell Fernando, Navas, Delph and Toure to get the necessary funds, nearing £50million.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
StrikerSergio Aguero4.54.528Argentina£52m
StrikerKelechi Iheanacho2.53.519Nigeria£22m

Aguero is City’s best player at 4.5 stars and there’s no need to change what you have in terms of striker options. Iheanacho also has the ability to develop into a 3.5 star player and make sure you rotate enough to give him adequate game time. If you like to play two strikers, perhaps bring another one in as you only start with two out-and-out strikers in your squad.

Oli Stein

Football Editor

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has been RealSport's football editor since September 2016.

He's a Tottenham Hotspur fan first and objective football writer second!

Oli is also a defensive end for American football club the London Blitz, starting his career on the offensive line with his Bristol university team.

FM17: Manchester City Player Ratings Revealed

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