After relentless speculation linking our Argentine warrior Pablo Zabaleta with a move to Serie A this summer, he has now confirmed that he will be staying in Manchester for the upcoming season.
“I don’t know how many times I was away to Italy,” he said. “It was incredible. Every day there was a new club.”
Zabaleta, 31, endured a torrid season during Manuel Pellegrini’s last in charge of the club, suffering a couple of severe injuries which led to him struggling to regain the form that we have become accustomed to over the past few years. As a result, many fans, despite their love for Zabaleta, wanted the club to sign a new right back to replace the Argentine.
But Pep Guardiola has been impressed by Zabaleta, and has asked him to stay with The Blues, probably as an understudy to the fantastic Bacary Sagna.
“I had been told by the new manager that I was part of this squad for this season, so I am more than pleased for this because City was my priority. I am so happy to be part of Manchester City for this season.”
By the sounds of it, Zabaleta loves us just as much as we love him, and if he can stay injury-free, he will be a great asset to us on the pitch, contributing passion, experience and skill to the City squad.