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Zabaleta mulls options after farewell game for Manchester City

Pep Guardiola says his club finish the season with 'two cup finals' in order to qualify for the Champions League West Brom to do Arsenal a favour against Man City or stay on holiday?
Kristopher Love | 19 May, 2017, 06:52

Manchester City fans might not be best pleased with that "big club" comments.

Manchester City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 to move a step closer to clinching the third place in the English Premier League and a guaranteed berth in the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League football tournament.

City ran out 3-1 winners against West Brom and Zabaleta was asked what his favourite memory was during his time at the club.

City announced over the weekend that Zabaleta would end a celebrated nine-year spell in Manchester when his contract expires at the end of the season.

"Gabriel was fantastic but I have to say, I think the key player up front was Sergio", Guardiola added.

"It is a moment to enjoy the last few days with the lads at the training ground and hopefully we can celebrate at the end of the season with another win".

The defender has become a favourite with the City fans since he joined from Espanyol in 2008 - going on to make 332 appearances and winning two Premier League titles.

"I would not be the first to leave a club after so many years and come back in a different shirt", he was quoted as saying by BBC on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old looked on from the bench as Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne scored in a first half when his compatriot Sergio Aguero dazzled - making Champions League qualification virtually secure ahead of the final-day trip to Watford.

"I would not say it's done, fourth, but Arsenal have to win five or 6-0 to qualify fourth, but we are there".

The result saw West Brom slip to ninth, continuing a dismal run that has seen them win just one of their last 11 games.

"Always with the big clubs, it depends on the quality on the human beings and how long the player has been there and you see how many people cry for Pablo and what he has done".

Pep Guardiola may not have hit the ground running as Manchester City's owners would have hoped but he is seeing out the season in fine form. When he gets the ball, you don't know what he is capable of doing.

"He didn't score, but he helped us to play the third man, he made two or three assists".

"I don't understand how the managers speak for the other clubs", he said in response to Wenger.