Monday, 10 December, 2018

Manchester City confirm Pablo Zabaleta exit

Rita Gibson | 25 May, 2017, 17:08

Zabaleta arrived at City from Espanyol in August 2008, a day before the Abu Dhabi takeover transformed the fortunes of the club.

Should that not transpire, or Toure accept a more lucrative deal elsewhere, senior figures at City have already considered the possibility of inviting him back next year to say goodbye to the fans.

"We need one more game to be in the top four, but it's in our hands", said City manager Pep Guardiola, whose side host West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday. "He leaves behind many happy memories".

But under Paul Clement, Swansea's improved dramatically and Saturday's 2-0 victory at hapless Sunderland means the club will be safe if Hull City loses to Crystal Palace on Sunday [Monday NZT]. "Only Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany have been with the Blues longer".

The Ivorian central midfielder is out of contract this summer and has been linked with moves to West Ham and Fenerbahce.

Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Jesus Navas are expected to be part of the summer clear out by Guardiola, but time will tell if they all go and whether or not Toure will be joining them.

Aguero, who made the squad after recovering from a groin injury, did come on for the last 12 minutes, but Gabriel Jesus, signed in January from Palmeiras, is clearly the first-choice striker.

Manchester City have lost only one league game on their own territory all season, but have drawn seven times and as Leicester threw players forward in the closing minutes in search of an equaliser, they were in real danger of being pegged back yet again.

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"I remember at that time [Sir Alex] Ferguson and the 'noisy neighbours, ' and this is something that I have been since that time!"

"It's one of those debates that as players we'd love to get involved in but we're not allowed to so that's what makes it very frustrating as they aren't willing to listen".

'For me, we couldn't let people say something like that about us.

Riyad Mahrez thought he had snatched Leicester a point, but his 77th-minute penalty was disallowed after he slipped and kicked the ball against his standing foot prior to scoring.

"At the moment Yaya is just concentrating on getting City into the Champions League".

He said: "It is a freak penalty, a double touch".

Even so, it seemed to sum up a frustrating season for Mahrez who has struggled to rediscover the form that saw him named PFA Player of the Year 12 months ago. "If you needed to go to war in the big games, you knew you had Zabba with you".

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