Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta Preparing For An 'Emotional' Farewell

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta Preparing For An 'Emotional' Farewell

Pablo Zabaleta's passion for Manchester City brightly shone through as he conducted his last interview this week before leaving the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.

City fans had banners on show thanking Zabaleta for his commitment over the years, and The Telegraph claim that he is now expected to join West Ham on a free transfer this summer.

He said: "If what happens next season is not going well, I'll have one more year of contract, and if it's not going well they are going to change manager".

Speaking about the fact that he is to end the season without any silverware, Guardiola made a frank admission that had it been the case at the two other clubs he managed, he would have been given the boot.

The victory lifted them above Liverpool to third in the Premier League with just Sunday's trip to Watford to come.

After accumulating over 200 appearances in a nine-year span at the club, Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta had an emotional final appearance in sky blue colours at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. We play for a lot of important things, so they have to come to support us more than ever and to express the gratitude to one of the most important players in the whole history of Manchester City. In my situation at a big club, I'm sacked, I'm out, sure, definitely.

"His impact here was wonderful, he was one of the first players to come here, he has helped the club to where it is right now", Guardiola added.

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"Now we have a training session".

At Manchester, it was pretty much a ideal night for Manchester City. "We go to London to win the game".

Zabaleta named the 2011/12 title win, City's first in the Premier League era and first overall since 1968, as his favourite moment with the club, describing a league win as greater because it is the "work of the whole season" and especially in the dramatic fashion it was clinched.

Pep Guardiola's men now need only a point at Watford to secure a top-four place and even a defeat would only see them drop to fifth if Arsenal both beat Everton and engineer a six-goal swing in doing so.

"It is time to move on", said Zabaleta, who said he plans to play for two more years before retiring to his wife's home city of Barcelona.

"Our home season was not good but we finished the last three games with good performances", Guardiola told a news conference. "Being here from day one is something that has made me feel very proud".

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