Manchester City tie down Zabaleta

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Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has committed his long-term future to the club, signing a new four-year deal that keeps him at the Etihad stadium until 2017.

The Argentine full-back, who signed for the Citizens from Espanyol back in 2008, has become a fan favourite with the City faithful, having made 175 appearances since making the move from La Liga.

And the 28-year-old, who was voted the Etihad Player of the Year for 2012/13, is delighted to have secured his long-term future, and is tipping the club to achieve great things in the future.

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

"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."

The news is a welcome boost to Manuel Pellegrini's side ahead of their Premier League curtain raiser against Newcastle United this evening, kick-off at 8pm.

Looking ahead to the game, Zabaleta spoke of his belief that Manchester City are destined for big things under the guidance of their new Chilean boss, Pellegrini.

"I think we have got a great squad, fantastic players and hopefully we can win something this year," he told the club's official website.

Zabaleta was also keen to stress the club's fans had a major impact on his decision to extend his stay with Manchester City, and highlighted how important their role is going to be over the course of the campaign.

"I am sure the fans will respond very well as always," said Zabaleta.

"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."

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