Guardiola wants winning send-off for City stalwart Zabaleta

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes he would have been sacked at Barcelona and Bayern Munich had he gone through a season without any silverware like in his first year at the Etihad Stadium.

Zabaleta, 32, one of seven players out of contract this summer, asked to leave and has received an offer from West Ham United.

Manchester City's Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 6, 2017.

"We play for a lot of things, and it will be a real final for us". The question is not to try to change the personality of the players.

"It's not about taking that player and he has the personality of Zabaleta, no".

Pablo Zabaleta's farewell is likely to garner much of the attention as Manchester City host West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, but Pep Guardiola's side still have work to do to secure a Champions League place.

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

"This season has been tough for us, something went wrong but at the end we still have a chance to go into the Champions League and I'm sure we can improve next season", Fernandinho told British media.

"As a player you are happy to play games on the field and this is something you enjoy the most, but if you really care about the club, you feel something inside of you that you want to create something big and that was one of the main things for me".

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Saturday also marked the five-year anniversary of City's 2012 Premier League win that saw Sergio Aguero's last-gasp goal snatch the title from rivals Manchester United.

"It was unbelievable, very lovely, unforgettable and a big mark in the Club's history after a long period of waiting", Silva said.

However, Guardiola insisted his focus and that of his players must remain on trying to finish as high as they can in the table, with third place still a possibility.

"That's why Pablo Zabaleta is so, so important".

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