Report: Pablo Zabaleta wants to leave City?

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has admitted that he may consider leaving the Etihad Stadium in the near future.

The Argentine full-back, who has spent eight years at City, has endured a difficult season – managing to rack up just 10 league appearances this term.

The 31-year-old has not played much this season due to knee and medial ligament injuries, and with the recent form of Bacary Sagna, who arguably should be regarded as one of the Champions League’s best ever players in terms of years of service and form, he [Zabaleta] has found it increasingly difficult to continue his first team position at the Blues.

“Sagna has been outstanding this season,” Zabaleta told Sky Sports News. “I’m so glad for him because he’s a great lad, a great player and also he’s given me a chance to have some rest thinking about the future.

“I have just one more year here [on my contract] and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season. We expect big changes at the club with a new manager coming in.”

The South American, who joined City from Espanyol in 2008 – has been a crucial figure during his eight years at the North-West club and has won the Premier League title twice, but it remains to be seen how the squad is going to take place after Pep Guardiola takes over the reign in the summer.