Want to know who the best Central Midfielders in Football Manager 2023 are? We've got a shortlist of all the best Central Midfielders with the highest ratings in FM23.

All FM23 Central Midfielders Guides:

These are the best Central Midfielders in Football Manager 2023 as rated by their current ability. Each Central Midfielder has a perfect mc rating meaning they are naturals at playing as a Central Midfielder. However not all of them will improve, if you want players that have the potential to improve still check out the list of wonderkid Central Midfielders below.

Name Age Position Wage Value Cost Expires Rating Potential
Kevin De Bruyne 31 AM RLC £340k £300m 30-06-2025
Luka Modrińá 36 AM C £278k £27m £66m 30-06-2023
Bernardo Silva 27 AM RC £180k £300m 30-06-2025
Federico Valverde 23 AM RC £181k £175m £300m 30-06-2027
N'Golo Kant√© 31 DM £290k £160m £300m 30-06-2023
ńįlkay G√ľndogan 31 DM, AM C £165k £57m £126m 30-06-2023
Marco Verratti 29 DM £238k £173m £300m 30-06-2026
Toni Kroos 32 DM £310k £34m £75m 30-06-2023
Leon Goretzka 27 DM, AM C £231k £73m £161m 30-06-2026
Frenkie de Jong 25 D C, DM £232k £116m £256m 30-06-2026
Pedri 19 AM RLC £149k £114m £248m 30-06-2026
Thomas Partey 29 DM £160k £186m £300m 30-06-2025
Sergej Milinkovińá-Savińá 27 AM C £98k £66m £157m 30-06-2024
Mateo Kovańćińá 28 DM, AM C £150k £143m £300m 30-06-2024
Nicol√≤ Barella 25 M C £154k £124m £269m 30-06-2026
Bruno Guimar√£es 24 DM £160k £96m £125m 30-06-2026
Paul Pogba 29 AM LC £170k £25m £53m 30-06-2026
Aur√©lien Tchouameni 22 DM £119k £114m £114m 30-06-2028
Marcelo Brozovińá 29 DM £184k £118m £254m 30-06-2026
Enzo Fern√°ndez 21 DM, AM C £180k £96m £207m 30-06-2031
Koke 30 DM, M RLC £264k £129m £276m 30-06-2024
Sandro Tonali 22 DM £77k £137m £300m 30-06-2027
Jorginho 30 DM £110k £149m £300m 30-06-2024
Jude Bellingham 19 DM £49k £93m £300m 30-06-2025
Andr√©-Franck Zambo Anguissa 26 DM £36k £47m £100m 30-06-2025
Rodrigo Bentancur 25 DM £100k £165m £300m 30-06-2026
Hakan √áalhanońülu 28 AM LC £154k £34m £71m 30-06-2024
Fabi√°n 26 DM, AM C £46k £37m £78m 30-06-2027
Dani Parejo 33 DM, AM C £46k £300m 30-06-2024
Eduardo Camavinga 19 DM £128k £68m £220m 30-06-2027
Lorenzo Pellegrini 26 DM, AM C £123k £98m £206m 30-06-2026
Piotr ZieliŇĄski 28 AM C £107k £44m £93m 30-06-2024
James Ward-Prowse 27 DM, AM C £100k £60m £76m 30-06-2026
Christian Eriksen 30 DM, AM C £170k £47m £99m 30-06-2025
Guido Rodr√≠guez 28 DM £42k £44m £56m 30-06-2024
Naby Ke√Įta 27 DM £130k £52m £51m 30-06-2023
Carlos Soler 25 WB R, DM, AM RC £88k £33m £32m 30-06-2027
Franck Kessi√© 25 DM £199k £25m £24m 30-06-2026
Mikel Merino 26 DM £41k £39m £88m 30-06-2025
R√ļben Neves 25 DM £60k £63m £79m 30-06-2024
Isma√ęl Bennacer 24 DM £122k £43m £106m 30-06-2027
Rodrigo De Paul 28 AM RC £96k £34m £33m 30-06-2026
Yves Bissouma 25 DM £100k £65m £135m 30-06-2026
Gavi 17 DM, AM C £124k £49m £193m 30-06-2026
Adrien Rabiot 27 DM, M LC £149k £27m £26m 30-06-2023
Marcos Llorente 27 WB R, DM, AM RC £133k £89m £184m 30-06-2027
Jo√£o M√°rio 29 AM RLC £44k £30m £61m 30-06-2026
William Carvalho 30 DM £38k £30m £37m 30-06-2026
Fredrik Aursnes 26 DM £29k £30m £61m 30-06-2027
Jordan Henderson 32 DM £190k £289m 30-06-2025
Luis Alberto 29 AM C £77k £29m £59m 30-06-2025
David Silva 36 AM RLC £86k £3m £7m 30-06-2023
Georginio Wijnaldum 31 DM, AM LC £182k £35m £33m 30-06-2024
Granit Xhaka 29 DM £110k £49m £101m 30-06-2024
Matheus Nunes 23 AM C £100k £73m £90m 30-06-2027
Vitinha 22 DM £79k £71m £146m 30-06-2027
Mateus Uribe 31 DM £40k £13m £26m 30-06-2023
Teun Koopmeiners 24 DM £32k £23m £28m 30-06-2025
Joelinton 25 AM LC, F C £80k £59m £72m 30-06-2025
Youri Tielemans 25 DM £120k £38m £46m 30-06-2023
H√©ctor Herrera 32 M C £88k £300m 31-12-2024
Hidemasa Morita 27 DM £15k £25m £31m 30-06-2026
Lucas Paquet√° 24 DM, AM RC £130k £51m £62m 30-06-2027
Konrad Laimer 25 D/WB R, DM £50k £30m £31m 30-06-2023
Jo√£o Moutinho 35 DM, AM C £100k £5m £6m 30-06-2023
Mois√©s Caicedo 20 DM £25k £83m £102m 30-06-2025
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 26 DM, AM C £150k £29m £13m 30-06-2024
Pierre-Emile H√łjbjerg 26 DM £110k £94m £190m 30-06-2025
Marcel Sabitzer 28 DM, AM RC £141k £21m £20m 30-06-2025
Marten de Roon 31 DM £31k £300m 30-06-2024
Fernandinho 37 DM £26k £300m 31-12-2024
Gabi 39 DM, M C £640
Denis Zakaria 25 DM £50k £14m £13m 30-06-2026
Emre Can 28 D RC, DM £141k £21m £20m 30-06-2024
S√©ko Fofana 27 DM £30k £23m £27m 30-06-2025
Mart√≠n Zubimendi 23 DM £30k £36m £97m 30-06-2027
Manuel Locatelli 24 DM £92k £32m £38m 30-06-2023
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 28 AM RLC £125k £26m £24m 30-06-2023
Leandro Paredes 28 DM £149k £11m £10m 30-06-2024
√Čtienne Capoue 34 DM £31k £300m 30-06-2024
Sami Khedira 35 DM, M C £0 30-06-2023
Xavi 42 £0 30-06-2024
Maximilian Arnold 28 DM £66k £21m £21m 30-06-2026
Jordan Veretout 29 DM £92k £26m £51m 30-06-2025
Sergi Darder 28 DM £31k £16m £19m 30-06-2026
Sa√ļl 27 DM, M RLC £256k £18m £17m 30-06-2026
Jos√© Campa√Īa 29 DM, AM C £20k £11m £13m 30-06-2023
Sergi Roberto 30 D/WB R, DM, M RC £74k £11m £10m 30-06-2023
Stephen Eust√°quio 25 DM £16k £16m £32m 30-06-2027
Boubacar Kamara 22 DM £100k £55m £66m 30-06-2027
Eljif Elmas 22 AM LC £32k £20m £61m 30-06-2025
Bryan Cristante 27 DM £92k £27m £54m 30-06-2027
Tom√°Ň° Souńćek 27 DM £50k £38m £46m 30-06-2024
Mario PaŇ°alińá 27 AM C £31k £15m £16m 30-06-2025
Xaver Schlager 24 DM £75k £24m £32m 30-06-2026
Giovani Lo Celso 26 DM, AM LC £100k £30m £60m 30-06-2025
√Čver Banega 34 DM, AM C £166k £2m £3m 30-06-2023
Miralem Pjanińá 32 DM £48k £300m 31-05-2024
Valentin Rongier 27 DM £48k £24m £47m 30-06-2026
Dani Ceballos 25 M C £129k £12m £5m 30-06-2023
Renato Sanches 24 DM, AM RC £67k £15m £19m 30-06-2027
Harvey Elliott 19 AM RLC £45k £57m £173m 30-06-2027
Conor Gallagher 22 AM C £15k £38m £75m 30-06-2025
Douglas Luiz 24 DM £65k £40m £47m 30-06-2026
Fred 29 DM £130k £29m £27m 30-06-2024
Ivan Rakitic 34 DM, AM C £108k £300m 30-06-2024
Blaise Matuidi 35 DM, M LC £29k
Wendel 24 DM, AM LC £28k £15m £36m 30-06-2027
Weston McKennie 23 AM RC £53k £18m £29m 30-06-2025
Matteo Guendouzi 23 DM, AM C £43k £36m £96m 30-06-2025
Sofyan Amrabat 25 DM £32k £13m £13m 30-06-2024
Francis Coquelin 31 DM, M RC £60k £300m 30-06-2024
Andreas Pereira 26 AM RLC £50k £36m £43m 30-06-2025
Arthur 25 DM £126k £10m £9m 30-06-2025
Paulinho 33 DM, AM C £29k £300m 31-12-2023
Dominik Szoboszlai 21 AM LC £33k £39m £95m 30-06-2026
James Milner 36 D/WB RL, DM £120k £2m £2m 30-06-2023
Renato Augusto 34 DM, AM RLC £31k £300m 31-12-2023
Tanguy Ndombele 25 DM £120k £27m £54m 30-06-2025
Mat√≠as Vecino 30 DM £58k £11m £22m 30-06-2025
Tyler Adams 23 D/WB R, DM £60k £41m £49m 30-06-2027
Xavi Simons 19 AM C £26k £79m £245m 30-06-2027
Oriol Romeu 30 DM £45k £11m £12m 30-06-2025
Ander Herrera 32 DM £99k £300m 30-06-2024
Curtis Jones 21 AM LC £65k £56m £130m 30-06-2027
Joe Willock 22 M C £80k £43m £88m 30-06-2027
Ederson 23 DM, AM C £42k £34m £57m 30-06-2026
David Zurutuza 35 M/AM C £0 30-06-2020
Salih √Ėzcan 24 DM £66k £15m £18m 30-06-2026
Kevin Kampl 31 AM RLC £35k £299m 30-06-2024
Charles Ar√°nguiz 33 DM £83k £5m £9m 30-06-2023
√ďliver 27 AM LC £22k £10m £15m 30-06-2024
Nemanja Matińá 33 DM £73k £3m £3m 30-06-2023
Callum McGregor 29 DM £30k £21m £25m 31-05-2026
Oliver Skipp 21 DM £50k £35m £80m 30-06-2027
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall 23 DM, AM C £75k £47m £80m 30-06-2027
Ross Barkley 28 AM LC £108k £10m £10m 30-06-2024
Roberto Pereyra 31 WB R, AM RC £21k £5m £6m 30-06-2023
Florian Neuhaus 25 DM, AM C £50k £13m £26m 30-06-2024
Maximilian Eggestein 25 DM, AM C £13k £9m £10m 30-06-2025
Fernando Gorriar√°n 27 M RLC £21k £7m £9m 30-12-2026
Oihan Sancet 22 AM C £19k £26m £53m 30-06-2024
√Ālvaro Fidalgo 25 AM LC £4k £409k £206k 30-06-2026
Manu Trigueros 30 M C £20k £9m £13m 30-06-2025
Hwang In-Beom 25 DM, AM C £20k £12m £14m 30-06-2025
John McGinn 27 DM, AM C £70k £31m £37m 30-06-2025
S√©rgio Oliveira 30 DM £57k £7m £8m 31-05-2026
Davide Frattesi 22 M C £22k £31m £36m 30-06-2026
Tommaso Pobega 22 DM, AM C £31k £13m £25m 30-06-2027
Giacomo Bonaventura 32 AM LC £46k £297m 30-06-2024
Kenneth Taylor 20 DM, AM C £22k £29m £107m 30-06-2027
Tijjani Reijnders 23 DM, AM LC £6k £17m £12m 30-06-2027
Orkun K√∂k√ß√ľ 21 AM C £8k £44m £31m 30-06-2025
Ferdi KadńĪońülu 22 D/WB RL, DM £17k £12m £14m 31-05-2026
Thomas Delaney 30 DM £66k £12m £24m 30-06-2025
G√©rson 25 AM C £21k £41m £80m 31-12-2027
Fernando 30 DM £29k £1m £122k 31-05-2024
Santi Cazorla 37 AM RLC £57k £1m £1m 31-05-2023
Oscar Trejo 34 AM C £15k £300m 30-06-2024

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