City to offer Touré new deal

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 19, 2017

The 34-year-old's current deal runs out at the end of the season.

Because of the timing of his arrival, and the service he has given to City, Zabaleta has become closely associated with the modern era at the Etihad Stadium, while the quality of his performances has made him a popular figure with the club's supporters.

Fernandinho accepts "something went wrong" with Manchester City's season but is confident of a bright future under manager Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola is in the process of shaping his squad for next season, and while Zabaleta's future has been decided, those of City's six other out-of-contract players remain in the balance.

Zabaleta arrived at City from Espanyol in August 2008, a day before the Abu Dhabi takeover transformed the fortunes of the club. That's why Pablo Zabaleta, in these kind of things, is so, so important. He was one of the first players to come here.

"Yes it's hard", he admitted.

"If you need to go to war in the big games, you know you've got Zaba with you".

Liverpool have played the same number of games as Arsenal and look the team the most susceptible to be overtaken by Wenger's men, who now have the same goal difference of +29. No, everyone has his own personality, the question is not to try to change the personality of the players.

City take on West Brom in their final home game of the season tonight looking for three points to tighten their grip on a top-four position in the Premier League.

The popular Argentina defender has announced he will be leaving City as a free agent at the end of the season after nine years and 332 appearances for the club and is set to join West Ham.

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

"There is much more optimism that the club hasn't had since I've been here and people want to feel that and be part of it. I hope all the fans can come to support us, as we are playing for a lot of important things, but also so they can express gratitude for one of the most important players in the history of Manchester City".

"I said many times I have this expectation because of what I have done in the past". That is why he deserves the best last game here at home. We used to play with 10 men for five minutes a game at one stage because he was always getting treatment!

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