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Pablo Zabaleta Gave A Supremely Honest & Heartbreaking Interview On His City Farewell

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Montrelle Montesinos | 19 May, 2017, 22:07

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has set his sights on a third-place finish after comfortably dispatching West Brom and moving ahead of Liverpool in the race for Champions League football.

But, despite the massive investment, City is clinging to fourth place in the Premier League heading into the final week of the season; Arsenal is three points behind with two games remaining.

"It has been a wonderful nine years to be honest".

"Our home season was not good but we finished the last three games with good performances", Guardiola told a news conference.

As for Tony Pulis and West Brom, they drop to ninth, still a more than acceptable placing for the Baggies. "We have to get a result against Watford to try and secure that third position for the Champions League spot next season then we will see what is happening". I'm happy it's in our hands to finish third.

"They are professionals, they will play to win", Guardiola said.

"Seeing people cry for him and what he has done... it was a flawless day, a special day for Pablo and he deserves everything".

"I would not be the first to leave a club after so many years and come back in a different shirt", he was quoted as saying by BBC on Wednesday.

"If what happens next season is not going well, I'll have one more year of my contract".

Supported by his wife, Christel, and son, Asier, Zabaleta was given an emotional farewell by team-mates and City supporters after the game, with all keen to show their appreciation for his nine eventful years as a City player.

The defender has become a favourite with the City fans since he joined from Espanyol in 2008 - going on to make 332 appearances and winning two Premier League titles. A flowing move from City saw the ball break towards him 20-yards from goal and he curled a wonderfully controlled right-footed shot past Ben Foster.

"I will try with the club, with the players, with the staff, with the chairman, with the sporting director, to do it".

He however admits he has a "second chance" and that he would not have been so lucky at "a big club".