Zabaleta mulls options after farewell game for Manchester City

Pablo Zabaleta expressed his gratitude for the years he spent at Manchester City, after playing his last game at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

The Citizens' final home game of this campaign saw them toy with West Bromwich Albion for the vast majority of proceedings, as they recorded a 3-1 win at the Etihad.

"As a football player and as a football fan it was a dream to come to the Premier League", Zabaleta said in an on-pitch address to fans.

"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". That's why it will be a very emotional moment. I came here to try to win [trophies] this year, [but] it was not possible. "At the clubs I worked at before I am not here, but here we have a second chance and we will try to do it better than this season". It was like "wow" that for a long time I didn't see.

"I said to my girlfriend, now my wife, 'Let me go to Manchester".

Manager Tony Pulis said: "City deserved to win the game - they were better than us".

"We put in a good performance against one of the most physical teams in the Premier League and we were compact so the players once again showed me how they are".

"We had to work really hard to become a better club and look at where we are today. I am sure the future is so bright and hopefully one day the club can achieve it".

"I don't like the strikers to be there just waiting for a cross because Sergio is not tall enough to win the duels in the box". He's an exceptional professional and someone who has been extremely reliable. When he gets the ball, you don't know what he is capable of doing.

"It was a ideal day for our performance, victory and three points, which help us be closer to our target", said Guardiola.

"Pablo is a real legend in what he has done in the club", Guardiola told a news conference.

However, there will be regrets that the kind of performance the Sky Blues produced on Tuesday were too rare for them to launch a proper title challenge in 2016-17.

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