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Saturday 19 August 2017

Pablo proud of City's lofty position now

Pablo Zabaleta. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Pablo Zabaleta. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Pablo Zabaleta is proud of the club he is leaving behind as his time at Manchester City comes to an end.

The long-serving full-back bade an emotional farewell to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday after featuring as a second-half substitute in a comfortable 3-1 win over West Brom.

The 32-year-old, who announced last weekend he would leave the club in the summer, now has just Sunday's trip to Watford remaining in a City career that has spanned the revolutionary Abu Dhabi era. Zabaleta joined City the day before the 2008 Sheikh Mansour takeover that transformed the club.

The Argentinian arrived at a mid-table outfit but has since helped City win two Premier League titles, three other cups and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

"It has been nine wonderful years," Zabaleta said.

"We cannot forget where we have come from. We have to be very proud. I am so proud to see where Manchester City is today.

"It took so much work over so many years and the future is bright for this football club because the right people are here to carry it on. For me, I feel I have done enough and it is the right time to move on.

"It has been a fantastic time. I have been part of the most successful period in Manchester City's history. I am so humbled by that."

Pep Guardiola's men now need only a point at Watford to secure a top-four place.

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