Pablo Zabaleta: Manchester City defender to leave club in the summer

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"It will be an emotional moment for me".

On Saturday, as he was making his way along the touchline toward the dressing room after the final whistle, Wenger gave a wave to Arsenal's visiting supporters and they roared their approval.

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.

Unlike Zabaleta, whose departure after nine years was announced on Saturday, Toure - a driving force in City's midfield since 2010 - doesn't yet know if this is his last season at City. He's doing that because clearly not too many clubs out there are willing to pay a 34-year-old £220,000-a-week, and neither should City for a glorified squad player.

When it was put to Guardiola that City's poor results, compared with those he achieved at Barça and Bayern, might suggest he had found England more hard than Germany or Spain, the 45-year-old said: "They are not a outcome of it being tougher".

In an interview with Sport 360 this week, Zabaleta said: "As players, we can not play for 20 years". I remember at that time [Sir Alex] Ferguson and the "noisy neighbours" and this is something that I have been since that time!

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"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", he said.

"Hopefully all the fans come to support us and to express gratitude for one of the most important players in the history of Manchester City". "He leaves behind many happy memories".

It's been a good season overall for us.

"I'm very grateful [for the man-of-the-match recognition]".

Zabaleta, 32, has made a total of 31 appearances across all competitions for Manchester City in the current campaign, captaining the Citizens on a regular basis.

He's an exceptional professional and someone who has been extremely reliable.

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"If you want to put pressure on me and say next season we have to win or if not".

Toure can still control games, and that's what Guardiola has seen since restoring him to the line-up in November.

Zabaleta has racked up a total of 332 City appearances, although he has been restricted to 11 Premier League starts this season under Pep Guardiola.

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He was a key member of the side that won the Premier League title in 2012, scoring the opening goal in the dramatic 3-2 final-day win over Queens Park Rangers that ensured City became champions of England for the first time since 1968.

That's why Pablo Zabaleta, in these kind of things, is so, so important.

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