Man City ‘may have to balance books’ if ban is upheld amid mass exodus talks

Manchester City won't see a mass exodus of their best players because of their ban – but they may have to sell one or two to balance the books.

That's the opinion of former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman, who believes most players will likely "stick it out" and remain at the Etihad.

City were handed a ban from European football for two seasons by UEFA earlier this month.

The Citizens were sanctioned after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations by allegedly overspending on players.

Manchester City have appealed against the ban, and have vowed to leave 'nothing on the table' when it comes to fighting the issue.

And McManaman doesn't believe the club should be too concerned about retaining their best players, despite City potentially no longer having the lure of European football.

"I think that the majority of people will probably feel unjust and they will probably stick it out and that's the natural reaction," McManaman wrote in his column on

"I think Raheem Sterling has already come out in support of the club and no doubt others will also come out in support of the club, so I don't think there will be this mass exodus of players.

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