Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Yaya Toure: Fernandinho insists Manchester City star won't be bullied into staying

Yaya Toure: Fernandinho insists Manchester City star won't be bullied into staying

"Our home season was not good", said Guardiola. We needed to win to get three points.

City climb to third in the Premier League, two points above Liverpool and three points clear of Arsenal, with only the teams finishing third and fourth assured to join Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

Unfortunately, Pep Guardiola leaves very little room for sentiment in his decisions when it comes to his playing squad, and with City likely to sign more than one fullback in the summer there simply wouldn't be much playing time to justify keeping him around.

"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".

"It was an emotional night, for his family, for the people in the crowd", said Guardiola.

"I learned from Barcelona where I met players who were 28-29 and they learned".

"I don't know how many chances we had and we didn't score many goals". He made that one chance with Sergio and scored that lovely goal.

This week Zabaleta has been reflecting on his six years at City.

He's been key to City winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup - but Zabaleta has proven to be so much more than a brilliant footballer.

City announced over the weekend that Zabaleta would end a celebrated nine-year spell in Manchester when his contract expires at the end of the season.

"I will enjoy watching Manchester City in the Champions League".

The two-time Premier League victor will end a celebrated nine-year association with the club at the end of the campaign and Guardiola added: "The crowd have stayed to say goodbye to a legend. You never realise how tough those moments are when you have to say goodbye to everyone", he added.

"But it's such a thin line between winning at this level".

Midfielder Fernandinho told reporters after Tuesday's 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion: "He's a top player".

Just before the hour, Aguero fed the ball to Tour and the big Ivorian burst away from a couple of challenges to get into the box in trademark fashion before beat Foster.

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