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Zabaleta says Man City “made him a better person” (video)

Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City celebrates on the pitch with his son Asier Zabaleta after the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium on May 16, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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An emotional Pablo Zabaleta spoke following Manchester City’s 3-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday.

Zabaleta is leaving Man City after this season, his ninth with the club, and City’s final match of the year is Sunday at Watford.

[ RECAP: Man City 3-1 West Brom ]

So Tuesday was his final match at the Etihad Stadium, and fittingly the club did everything but formally clinch a spot in the UEFA Champions League.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola put Zabaleta is pretty elite City company.

“He put his heart on the field and it was a perfect night for him and his family. He’s a legend for the Club, like Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. We played good against one of the stronger, physical teams.”

As for Zabaleta, here’s what he said regarding what he calls the most memorable night in his City career.

“I thought I had done enough and that it’s the right time for me to move on but believe me, I love this Club so much.

“I just want to say thank you to the fans and to everyone: to Sheikh Mansour to Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the board and everyone at this football club.

“They have made me a better player and a better person and it was a big pleasure to wear the shirt.”

A classy goodbye from a classy player. Hear more from him below:

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