Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta will end his nine-year spell with the club in the summer, the Premier League side have announced.
Swansea City took a big step towards safety after goals from Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton secured a 2-0 win at Sunderland that moved them four points clear of the bottom three.
Fast forward to May though and he's been an important part of Guardiola's plans for the most part and it seems as though with his contract winding down this summer, he could be in line for a new one-year deal, as per The Mirror.
Zabaleta arrived at City from Espanyol in 2008, having played as a midfielder for much of his career.
"And I'm hoping we can get maybe one or two players in that can give us a lift for next season because that's important". "He leaves behind many happy memories".
After dominating before the interval the hosts were hanging on at times in the second half and Mahrez had the chance to rescue a deserved point for last season's champions. He is is the third player to have made the most appearances in the current squad, behind Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany.
"He's tough, he gets into challenges he has no right to win and comes out on the winning end, but more than anything it's his passion and commitment".
A source has told ESPN FC that Zabaleta has made a decision to leave after failing to secure a two-year deal with City.
He's an exceptional professional and someone who has been extremely reliable.
"It's one of those debates that as players we'd love to get involved in but we're not allowed to so that's what makes it very frustrating as they aren't willing to listen".
Toure can still control games, and that's what Guardiola has seen since restoring him to the line-up in November.
"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".
Pep Guardiola has admitted Barcelona and Bayern Munich would have sacked him if he had achieved similar results to those of his disappointing first season at Manchester City.
Zabaleta's exit comes five years after Manchester City won the Premier League title agaisnt Queens Park Rangers.
Guardiola hopes Zabaleta finishes his time at the club by helping them secure qualification for next season's Champions League, with Guardiola's men now ahead of Arsenal in the race for fourth place.