Man City captain Kompany stars in out of contract XI alongside Sturridge, Mata and Welbeck

VINCENT KOMPANY may be primed to lift the Premier League for Manchester City but is still without a contract for next season.

In our Best XI of free agents, the centre-back takes his place in the heart of defence after a long-range winner into the top corner against Leicester City on Monday.

It prompted questions over Kompany's future with Pep Guardiola stating that he will talk "clearly" to the player after the season ends.

The Belgian was visibly emotional as he left the Ethiad Stadium pitch, leading to fans wondering if it was for the last time.

SunSport takes a look at who's out of contract in the summer and how they could line up in a combined XI.


An array of reserve goalkeepers are currently due to be available in the summer, including Michel Vorm, Adrian, Willy Caballero and Heurelho Gomes.

Yet there is one big name with his future still up in the air: Gianluigi Buffon.

The Paris Saint-Germain veteran is over 40 now but could opt to stay between the sticks for another year.

Some expect the Italian to return to Juventus in a behind the scenes role, while another crack at the Champions League with PSG hasn't been ruled out.


Kompany may be 33 but remains arguably the Premier League's strongest on-pitch leader.

In this combined XI, he would make a perfect foil for David Luiz, who has returned to the fold for Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri but is linked with a summer exit.

Kurt Zouma is reportedly lined up to replace the Brazilian as the Blues re-evaluate their crop of loaned out players.

In the full-back positions, Dani Alves and Filipe Luis are still two of the best in the world both defensively and in attack.

Borussia Dortmund are said to be after Luis who prefers a Barcelona move to back up Jordi Alba.

Other options include Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines, Antonio Valencia and Alberto Moreno – but a season spent largely on the bench will have taken its toll on these players.


Midfield is certainly the area packed with the most talented free agents, many of whom are at the peak of their career.

Manchester United still want to keep Ander Herrera amid talk of PSG and Athletic Bilbao making moves for the Spaniard.

And another hot property is Adrien Rabiot, the 24-year-old coming to the end of a year in exile at PSG after refusing to sign a new deal.

James Milner has proved himself to be an excellent free transfer signing for Liverpool – and could be an excellent addition for another club in June.

The  options abound for clubs seeking reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Porto star Hector Herrera is out of contract – reportedly heading to Atletico Madrid – along with Juan Mata, a resurgent Santi Cazorla, Russian playmaker Alan Dzagoev and maybe even Roma legend Daniele De Rossi.


Mario Balotelli's Ligue 1 venture has seen the striker find his best form and he could be on the move again if Marseille cannot tie him down to a new contract.

Joining the Italian in our Best XI is Porto winger Yacine Brahimi, a consistent star of Portuguese football touted for a free switch to Marseille, AC Milan or Arsenal.

Danny Welbeck is a prime player to slot in between the creative duo, despite an injury-hit final year with the Gunners.

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Unai Emery didn't want to keep the striker, who left in a surprise on-pitch announcement, but he has plenty left in his locker.

Alternatives for a forward berth include Bayern Munich duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, both running out of legs but still with bags of technique and vision.

English strikers Daniel Sturridge and Peter Crouch are also due to be without a team come July whereas Bundesliga fans may point to Werder Bremen star Max Kruse.

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