Pablo Zabaleta: Defender considering joining another Premier League club

"As a player, you are happy to play games on the field and this is something you enjoy the most, but if you really care about the club, you feel something inside of you that you want to create something big and that was one of the main things for me. Now we are going to travel to win the game and finish third". "It has been a wonderful nine years to be honest". "We will see what happens at the end of the season", he added.

On an nearly ideal night for City, popular defender Pablo Zabaleta got a rousing send-off in his last home match.

City boss Guardiola said: "He didn't score today but he helped us to make assists - he made the assist for the first goal, with the pass to Kevin, and the second one and third one with double pass with Yaya".

It is not the first time that Pulis has been spotted enjoying a glass of red, having posed for a picture with Chelsea manager and Premier League victor Antonio Conte earlier this season, along with assistant manager Steve Holland and Sky Sports presenter Geoff Shreeves.

Nine years, five major trophies, Pablo Zabaleta is leaving Manchester City in a much better place than when he joined the club. You've got to take your chances and, not tonight, but in other games we have been well in them.

His positive mood belied comments by Guardiola earlier this week, when he said he would have been sacked by former clubs Bayern Munich and Barcelona for the season he has just had.

Zabaleta, who is a much-loved cult hero among the City fans, admitted it had been hard to say goodbye.

They beat West Bromwich Albion on an emotional night at Etihad Stadium to move up to third place in the English Premier League and ensure only a series of freak results will deny Pep Guardiola's side a top-four finish.

"I've been so lucky to play alongside great was an absolute privilege".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has not had the simplest introduction to life in the Premier League.

"But the fact I have been here from day one is something that has made me very proud".

  • Julie Sanders