Hargreaves to make City exit
Midfielder Owen Hargreaves will leave Manchester City on the expiry of his contract this summer, the Premier League club have confirmed.
The former England international, who has been plagued by injuries in recent years, joined Roberto Mancini's side last August after leaving city rivals United.
However, he played just four times - but only once in the Premier League with a 13-minute appearance in October - and scored a solitary goal in a Carling Cup victory over Birmingham.
The 31-year-old's last outing came in the 3-2 FA Cup third-round defeat to United on January 8 when he played the final eight minutes.
Hargreaves spent most of last summer trying to convince prospective clubs he was fully fit after having operations on both knees in 2008 and 2009 during his injury-hit spell at Manchester United, and he even resorted to posting videos on YouTube showing him training.
Mancini offered the former Bayern Munich star a chance after the player resisted interest from West Brom, but he was not included in the club's Champions League squad and started only two games, both in the Carling Cup, in his four appearances.
That quartet of games was as many as he had managed in the previous three seasons, however.
City have also released Israeli midfielder Gai Assulin, Ahmed Benali and fellow academy graduate Sean Tse while a number of scholars have also been let go.
Meanwhile, on-loan City striker Roque Santa Cruz admits he would like to sign permanently for Real Betis but knows much depends on how his parent club approach negotiations.
"I'm fine here and I want to stay and there will be talks, hopefully in the coming weeks, with my agent," said the Paraguay international, speaking at a club sponsorship event.
"It is important to see them (City) face negotiations with a smile on their face.
"The club has made a major investment in me and is entitled to see something in exchange.
"They do not want to give away players, many players are in a situation like mine.
"But Betis have my word that I will do everything possible to stay, although it depends on City."