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Four players who ruined their careers when they joined Man City and became rich

For many players the lure of Manchester City's millions have simply been too difficult to turn down over the years.

Since their Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008, City have been able to attract the biggest names and brightest prospects to the Etihad Stadium – but not all of them have succeeded.

Some signings were unable to cope with the extra pressure, fame and wealth that comes with playing for such a big club, meaning their form plummeted when they joined the Manchester outfit.

We've picked out six players whose careers were ruined after signing for City, which includes one former England international.

Scott Sinclair

Former Chelsea youngster Sinclair had revived his career by scoring 36 goals in 91 games for Swansea when City came calling in 2012.

The England U21 winger joined Roberto Mancini's side for £8million, but he never managed to hold down a regular starting place in his debut campaign.

After failing to score in 15 appearances for City, Sinclair spent the next two seasons out on loan at West Brom and Aston Villa before sealing a permanent switch to the latter in 2016. Now plays in the Championship with Preston after a spell at Celtic.

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Stevan Jovetic

Widely considered one of the most talented young forwards in Europe at the time, the Montenegro international completed a £25million move to City in 2013 after scoring 27 goals in 63 appearances over the previous two seasons with Fiorentina.

However, Jovetic flattered to deceive in his two-year stint at the Etihad, making just 30 Premier League appearances and returning eight goals.

He was offloaded to Inter Milan in 2015 and has since been on Sevilla, Monaco and Hertha Berlin's books.

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Wilfried Bony

Like Sinclair, Bony secured a lucrative transfer to City after impressing at Swansea, where he registered 34 goals in 70 appearances.

Yet after sealing his move to Manchester in January 2014, he failed to get to grips with Manuel Pellegrini's playing style, scoring just 10 goals in 46 outings, and was therefore sent out on loan to Stoke in 2016.

The Ivory Coast striker returned to Swansea a year later and has since spent time in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

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Jack Rodwell

Rodwell had showcased enough potential in his five years at Everton to convince Etihad chiefs he was a shrewd long-term investment at £15million, a fee they tabled bring him to Manchester in 2012.

Unfortunately the England midfielder, 21 at the time, struggled for both form and fitness in a brief two-year stint at City, making just 25 appearances before heading to Sunderland in 2014.

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His career went even further downhill from that point onwards; as after a miserable four-year Sunderland career, in which he was once demoted to the U23 side, he has played bit-part roles for Blackburn and Sheffield United before being released by the latter this summer.

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