Man City boss Guardiola: Gabriel and Aguero can play together

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"There are clubs who have already qualified for next season's Champions League, but for Yaya, Manchester City is a very special club".

Zabaleta has become a firm fans' favorite at Etihad Stadium because of his work rate and touch tackling.

"Hopefully all the fans can come to support us - we are playing for a lot of important things - more than ever, and to express gratitude for one of the most important players in the history of Manchester City".

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta will leave the club at the end of the season after nine-years at The Etihad, the club have confirmed. It's all about finishing things up, but there are still three clubs fighting for big things. Nine years here is incredible and to replace that you need someone to stay here nine years. "Definitely. At the clubs I worked at before I am not here, but here we have a second chance and we will try to do it better than this season".

He said: "If what happens next season is not going well, I'll have one more year of contract, and if it's not going well they are going to change manager".

City go into Tuesday's match on the back of two successive wins, beating Crystal Palace 5-0 but following that up with a far less convincing 2-1 victory over Leicester on Saturday.

"Every club is run different and every club you pick up is in a different state, and I can't talk about other club's situations".


"I remember at that time Sir Alex Ferguson talking about the "noisy neighbours".

"The club had got a buzz about it that it hasn't had for a long time, at least not since I've been at the club".

Zabaleta has won two league titles with City, as well as the FA Cup once, in 2011, and the League Cup twice.

"Guardiola said: "(The) pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend (myself with) - at that club, if in six months you don't win, you are really out.

West Brom will head for Eastlands with some discouraging memories, having shipped 23 goals in their last seven visits.

Aguero, who made the squad after recovering from a groin injury, did come on for the last 12 minutes, but Gabriel Jesus, signed in January from Palmeiras, is clearly the first-choice striker.

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