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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.

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.

"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 has helped the club to where it is right now", City manager Pep Guardiola said on Monday, describing Zabaleta as "one of the most important players in the history of Manchester City".

City won their first 10 Premier League matches but failed to maintain their title bid. At that club if in six months you don't win you are really out, like Barcelona or Bayern Munich, there you have to win by far. In my situation at a big club: I am sacked.

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. "At the end of his contract, we will look at the offers he has", added Seluk. "Our target, our goal, is to win the next two games".


"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". He joins Claudio Bravo and Ilkay Gundogan in the injured list, while West Brom have four players who could miss out.

But Guardiola believes his players will be striving hard to give the Argentina global a winning send off while edging them towards Champions League qualification.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: "Zabaleta's impact here was unbelievable".

"To be like Pablo, first you have to be that personality and you have to be a long time here", the Spaniard said.

The manager indicated last week he had already decided whether to keep Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas and Tosin Adarabioyo.

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