Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Manchester City confirm that Zabaleta will be moving on


The Spaniard can look forward to a busy transfer window after the season ends, as he looks to build a squad capable of fighting for the league title and mounting a challenge in the Champions League.

Manchester City held on to beat Leicester City and move back into third place after referee Robert Madley disallowed Riyad Mahrez's late penalty for the Foxes.

Pep Guardiola insists happiness for him "does not depend on titles", and Manchester City have not won silverware this season because they have "not been good enough".

"One team was better, Chelsea, so congratulations to them, they deserve by far to win the league".

The Baggies need five more points to eclipse the club's highest tally of 49 in a Premier League season, set in 2012-13.

Asked about the Arsenal boss' comments, Guardiola said: "I don't understand how the managers speak for the other clubs and the other teams".

Knowing the significance of a victory, City's players appeared nervous in the second half and Leicester had a great chance to leave with a point when Mahrez was tripped by Gael Clichy just inside the area following a twisting run.

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"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".

"I wasn't anxious because I know I didn't touch it".

He said; "In my situation at a big club, I'm sacked".

That transformation, to which Zabaleta has been integral, means a trophy-less season and a battle to secure Champions League qualification running into the final week of the campaign must be considered a disappointment at City. My only regret is that we were not able to fight to the end in the Premier League.

"We are trying to improve week by week, training session by training session".

Guardiola said: "After next Sunday, we will start talking with individuals". We are going to be ready.

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

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