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Manchester City confirm that Zabaleta will be moving on

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Tobias Pedroso | 19 May, 2017, 19:41

"Guardiola said: "(The) pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend (myself with) - at that club, if in six months you don't win, you are really out.

Aguero, who made the squad after recovering from a groin injury, did come on for the last 12 minutes, but Gabriel Jesus, signed in January from Palmeiras, is clearly the first-choice striker.

"If you need to go to war in the big games, you know you've got Zaba with you".

"I thought if they call us the noisy neighbours then let's make more noise in the city, let's prove that we are a club that is looking to achieve important things, maybe one day be the main club in the city and take this club forward to the next step to make this club better".

PEP GUARDIOLA needs two wins from his final two games in his first season of English football to guarantee third spot in the Premier League. At the end of the season we will speak about this (contracts). There is no relegation battle, Chelsea are champions and Tottenham Hotspur will finish second; Everton will play the Europa League and the mid-table teams won't go up or down.

He is also fast closing in on 300 appearances, although that landmark will have to wait until next season as City have just two games left to take in this term. "We play for a lot of things, (it is) a real final for us and we are going to be ready for this game".

The other Man City players whose contracts are due to expire on 30th June are: Yaya Touré, Jesús Navas, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Willy Caballero. It is so important to focus on the present.

However, midfielders Fabian Delph (leg) and Ilkay Gundogan (knee), and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (calf) are out.

Asked if this kind of inconsistency infuriates managers, Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare said: 'I think the honest answer is yes.

"When you win, everything changes".

"So after one season it's hard to judge and I'm sure Pep will be determined to be closer next season - in all the tournaments".

Sources close to the club suggest that officials and the manager are happy to offer Toure a new deal, but this will depend on whether or not he is happy with a sizable wage cut.

Striker Hal Robson-Kanu will have his hamstring problem assessed but winger Matty Phillips will remain sidelined by his hamstring issue.