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Manchester City confirm that Zabaleta will be moving on

23 May 2017, 02:44 | Nina Perez

Manchester City confirm that Zabaleta will be moving on

Leroy Sane Manchester City Premier League

"There are clubs who have already qualified for next season's Champions League, but for Yaya, Manchester City is a very special club".

Tomorrow's game against West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium, therefore, is the Argentine's last chance to say goodbye to the club's home fans.

Meanwhile, Guardiola claims his first season at City would have ended in the sack at former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Reports over the weekend suggested City are likely to offer Toure a contract extension, but Seluk insists he has not heard from the club for two months.

Zabaleta joined City from Espanyol for £6.45 million (RM35.9 million) on August 31, 2008, a day before the Abu Dhabi United Group, led by billionaire Sheikh Mansour, completed a takeover that transformed the club's fortunes.

But he fought his way back into Pep Guardiola's plans and Saturday's win against Leicester was his 29th appearance of the season.

"He has helped with his teammates at the club to make a step forward, to try to compete to qualify for the Champions League, sometimes to win the Premier League, to be in Europe three or four times in a row, after they had gone 30 years and never been in Europe".

"The club had got a buzz about it that it hasn't had for a long time, at least not since I've been at the club".

Pep Guardiola says Gabriel Jesus has plenty to improve on and feels his open-mindedness will allow him to thrive at City.

City began Guardiola's reign with 10 straight wins and rising optimism but will end the campaign trophyless, with the likelihood of a Champions League place their only tonic.

His side have two games to clinch the eighth place they have held for much of the season.

"We can not say the same thing now".

Having turned 34 on Saturday, he doesn't quite fit the mould of what Guardiola is seemingly building at City as he looks to replace an ageing squad with exciting young talents that can adapt to his system and flourish.

"It's not about taking that player and he has the personality of Zabaleta, no". "I would like to say thank you to them for the love and support they have shown me during my nine years at the club. I am very happy and proud to have been part of this football club". "There's been times throughout the season when I felt we deserved more but didn't get any luck".

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