Pablo Zabaleta aims parting dig at United in farewell speech

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Manchester City's season ends on Sunday away to Watford, so Tuesday's game against Stoke City was the final chance for the home fans to say goodbye to a player that became their own.

"I will enjoy my last few days with the club, there's still one more game left to play".

"I thought I had done enough and that it's the right time for me to move on but believe me, I love this Club so much, said the Argentine, who had been widely respected as the best right-back in England during his peak".

Famed for the selfless, all-action displays that became his calling card, Zabaleta was keen to play down the efforts that have won him a permanent place in the affections of the City faithful.

Soon after, Zabaleta came off the bench in his final performance in front of City's home fans. In my situation at a big club, I'm sacked, I'm out, sure, definitely.

He's such a committed player and always gives 100-per-cent to the cause - just look at how many stitches he's had in various wounds over the past nine years. "I would be pleased if we seal that spot", Zabaleta said.

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"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", he added. I am so proud to see where Manchester City is today.

West Brom, who are usually sound on defence, found themselves trailing 0-2 just a half-hour into Tuesday's tie at the Etihad, conceding goals to Gabriel Jesus - in the 27th minute - and to Kevin de Bruyne, who scored just two minutes later.

Speaking about the fact that he is to end the season without any silverware, Guardiola made a frank admission that had it been the case at the two other clubs he managed, he would have been given the boot.

"I don't think we've shot ourselves in the foot in respect of not trying", said manager Tony Pulis.

First-team players are set to spend some time at the club's Etihad Academy next week after a busy season and will be taking part in some commercial activity ahead of the club's summer tour to the United States.

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