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Zabaleta set for fond send-off at City, Toure still in dark

17 May 2017

"That is why he deserves the best, last game here at home and hopefully all the fans come here tomorrow to the Etihad Stadium, first of all to support us more than ever, especially in the moments we are in trouble because against Tony Pulis teams there will always be moments of trouble and we play for a lot of important things".

Manchester City have confirmed that 32-year old Argentinian right-back Pablo Zabaleta will leave the club at the end of the season, after nine years at the club.

The match against West Brom is fourth-placed City's final home game of a disappointing campaign, in which they will end the season without silverware but finish third in the league if they win their two remaining fixtures.

"Now what I want are more trophies for the club".

"And I'm hoping we can get maybe one or two players in that can give us a lift for next season because that's important".

Having invested so much effort in recruiting Guardiola - they first approached him in 2012 before finally landing their man previous year - it is unthinkable City would wield the axe so soon. He joins Claudio Bravo and Ilkay Gundogan in the injured list, while West Brom have four players who could miss out.

"This season has been tough for us, something went wrong but at the end we still have a chance to go into the Champions League and I'm sure we can improve next season", Fernandinho told British media.

Pablo Zabaleta to leave Manchester City
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on the departing Pablo Zabaleta: "His impact here was awesome ". When asked if Rodriguez could play in the Premier League , Guardiola said: "Yes".

"Every club is run different and every club you pick up is in a different state, and I can't talk about other club's situations".

He said: "I have a lot of respect for Pablo".

"Both they have quality enough to see who wins the game for the side".

"Of course, with the players who were a long time here, it's so important because with Pablo it's how he teaches the new generation and the people who are coming from behind".

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".

"[The] pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend [myself with] at that club, if in six months you don't win, you are really out", talkSPORT quotes Guardiola as saying.