Man City transfers: Pablo Zabaleta expects summer changes
Man City transfers: Pablo Zabaleta expects more changes at the Citizens during the summer after a disappointing season
Pablo Zabaleta is expecting more changes at Manchester City in the summer after a disappointing season for the defending Premier League champions.
Roberto Mancini’s side, who are 15 points behind Manchester United in the title race, face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final as the Citizens bid to avoid ending the season without silverware.
The Argentina defender, who joined in 2008, has seen wholesale changes at the club in the past five years, and Zabaleta believes City will continue to evolve during the summer months.
“Of course it is different because there are more talented players here now and I say that with a lot of respect to the players who have been here before,” Zabaleta told the Independent.
“Since 2008 the club has been changing players every year – there’s only a few players left in the team from 2008 – me, Vincent [Kompany], Joe Hart and Micah [Richards].
“But that is all part of the new era for Manchester City, we expect to continue to do better.”
Zabaleta also admits he never envisaged still being at the club – and winning five trophies – when he first moved to the club from Espanyol.
“When you sign a for a club you just try and do your best but I admit that I didn’t know whether I would be still be in the squad and winning trophies five years later because it was a different club when I joined,” he added.
“So I am very pleased to be a part of this club, I’m really happy to be here.
“Obviously as players we need to keep working hard to keep our place in the team because in every position we have two or three players of real quality so you have to work hard.”