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De Jong faces being squeezed out at Man City

Nigel de Jong faces being dumped by Manchester City after the World Cup.

The Sunday Mirror says De Jong is set to become a shock casualty at Manchester City following the Blues' £24million capture of Yaya Toure.

The Dutch international arrived at Eastlands just 17 months ago in a £16m deal from Hamburg.

But his future is in serious doubt after Roberto Mancini made Toure his first big-name signing of the summer after finally agreeing a deal with Barcelona for the Ivory Coast international.

City now have four defensive central midfielders - with Gareth Barry and Patrick Vieira also in Mancini's squad - and Vincent Kompany has also been used in that role.

That could make De Jong surplus to requirements, even though he has become a cult hero with the City fans after some tenacious displays.

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