New deal for Pablo Zabaleta

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has signed a new four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Last Updated: 19/08/13 at 16:20 Post Comment

Zabaleta: New four-year contract

Zabaleta: New four-year contract

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has signed a new four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

The deal rewards Zabaleta for his outstanding form througout the 2012-13 season, after which he was named as the club's player of the year.

The 28-year-old Argentina international has made 175 appearances for City since signing from Espanyol in a £6.5million deal in 2008.

Zabaleta said: "I have been here for five years and it feels like home.

"Signing a contract extension with the club makes me feel very happy.

"I feel great here, I like the Premiership, and I think Manchester City are one of the clubs looking for success in the future.

"It is a club that is very well organised and when you see that everything works well you want to be here."Zabaleta joined City the day before the club was transformed by Sheikh Mansour's takeover.

He survived all the big-money comings and goings that followed and was a late substitute in the 2011 FA Cup final defeat of Stoke.

He went on to play an important part in City's 2012 title success although he shared right-back duties with Micah Richards throughout that campaign.

Last season he made the right-back position his own with Richards and Maicon absent injured for large spells.

His driving runs, good support play and solid defence stood out in a generally disappointing season for City, in which they finished runners-up in both major domestic competitions.

The only major blow from a personal point of view was his sending off in the shock FA Cup final loss to Wigan.

City have regrouped after last season's frustrations under new manager Manuel Pellegrini and Zabaleta is relishing the challenge ahead.

He said: "I think we have got a great squad, fantastic players and hopefully we can win something this year.

"I am sure the fans will respond very well as always. They are a big support for the team week in week out, and hopefully at the end of the season the fans and players can celebrate with a trophy."


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

K FIFA we're done, you can ban us now

jimmyjazz
Barcelona transfer ban upheld

A

h Daniel. I could spend hours on this subject putting the world to rights. You can even take a step back and ask why football fans (and society in general) have this need to know that something will happen before it actually does. There are times this important, when it comes to things like war, food production and natural disasters. A man you've never met changing his job? Not so much.

ajsr1982
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

G

reat article. Hits the nail on the head. Encapsulates why I don't read tabloid newspapers anymore. The only thing worse is the 'told you so first' headline when they get lucky.

ianonabeach
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

Footer 365

Premier League: Edin Dzeko signs new four-year Manchester City deal

Edin Dzeko has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester City.

Champions League: Callum McGregor on target in Celtic draw

Celtic claimed a 1-1 draw with Maribor in Slovenia in the first leg of their Champions League play-off clash.

Transfer news: Juventus insist there is no truth in Arturo Vidal to Manchester United talk

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta insists there's no substance to the talk linking Arturo Vidal to Man United.

Mail Box

So Long And Good Luck To Nani

A Mailbox that offers best wishes to a departing hero, defends Olivier Giroud, tells us to steady on over Calum Chambers and makes some amusing predictions...

Mailbox: Feeling Sorry For Poor TC23

If there's one loser in all the machinations at Man United, it's poor TC23. We have mercifully few mails on United, but lots on Arsenal and in particular Olivier Giroud...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property