Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta has no doubt the Barclays Premier League is the best in the world.

The Argentina international only moved to England last August from Espanyol but already he can see the difference in quality.

"This is the best league in the world," he said. "There are four English teams in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and we are still in the UEFA Cup, which says it all. I have not been here long but I am really enjoying myself."

If there is a drawback it is that the same four teams keep finishing in those all-important Champions League places.

Aston Villa looked set to break the glass ceiling until about a month ago, when their form dipped, allowing in-form Arsenal to move back within striking distance.

Long-term, though, City look a better bet.

They may not manage it this season, their sights lowered at a seventh-place finish and preferably a UEFA Cup win to ensure European football next season and end a 33-year trophy drought.

However, with vast sums of petrocash provided by their Abu Dhabi backers, Zabaleta can only see a rosy future for the Eastlands club.

"The aim of the club is to get into the top four," said Zabaleta, who claimed an Olympic gold medal in Beijing this summer before linking up with his new team-mates.

"We have the chance to make history here. The club have money and in the summer I think there will be even more good players coming, so it is up to the ones who are here now to play very well for the manager and push Manchester City even higher."

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