A common belief among City fans in recent years is that Pablo Zabaleta could retire at the club. A stalwart at right-back for years now, Zaba has been labelled City’s version of Javier Zanetti, an iconic figure who could be around forever. But a combination of injuries and deteriorating form have suddenly brought that into question, especially given Sagna’s outstanding form this season.
Now TMW in Italy claim to have exclusive information that Zaba is a ‘concrete target’ for Roberto Mancini’s Inter next summer.
They report that contact was made with Zabaleta’s representatives before Christmas with a promise made to talk more in the coming months. The Argentine will NOT leave City in January, that much is certain, but Pep Guardiola’s expected arrival in June means Zaba could be a potential departure as part of a makeover of our ageing full-back positions.
TMW also points out that Mancini and Zabaleta have a ‘great personal relationship’ and that could help pry him away from City, the club he has grown to love so much.