Manchester City Zabaleta announcement opens door for Bilic — Transfer Focus

Manchester City Zabaleta announcement opens door for Bilic — Transfer Focus

That includes the situation of Yaya Toure, despite strong suggestions at the weekend the influential midfielder could be offered a new deal.

CITY fans will be all eyes on securing a top four Premier League spot when their side host West Brom on Tuesday night.

The Argentine, has made well over 300 appearances in a Manchester City shirt since his move from Espanyol back in 2008, the same summer the club was taken over by Sheikh Mansour. The defender has confirmed he is leaving at the end of the season after nine years with the club, and Guardiola has called on supporters to make it a special occasion.

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There has, however, been a changing of the guard in recent years, with City collecting two Premier League titles in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

Guardiola is in the process of shaping his squad for next season, and while Zabaleta's future has been decided, those of City's six other out-of-contract players remain in the balance.

"I remember at that time [Sir Alex] Ferguson and the 'noisy neighbours, ' and this is something that I have been since that time! We play for a lot of things, (it is) a real final for us and we are going to be ready for this game".

"As a player I've done what every single player should do for the club they play for, which is try to perform well on the field every time, give my all for the team, for the club and this is something that fans really appreciate from players".

"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". "At the end of his contract, we will look at the offers he has". "Sure. At the clubs I worked at before, I am not here, but here we have a second chance".

Sources close to the club suggest that officials and the manager are happy to offer Toure a new deal, but this will depend on whether or not he is happy with a sizable wage cut.

"He helped us with his team-mates, with the club, to make a step forward, to try to qualify for the Champions League, to win the Premier League, to be in Europe three or four times in a row when it was never in Europe for 30 years".

Despite Man City's win over Leicester, Shaka Hislop feels Pep Guardiola must do a better job at managing games. That's why Pablo Zabaleta, in these kind of things, is so, so important.

"It will be an important day for many reasons".