City challenge excites Zabaleta
Pablo Zabaleta has stated he joined Manchester City to challenge for the Premier League title.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 11/09/08 1:04pm
Pablo Zabaleta has stated he joined Manchester City to challenge for the Premier League title and to try and help the club become successful in Europe.
The Argentinean full-back moved to Eastlands in the summer before the Abu Dhabi United Group took over and vowed to spend big to make the team one of the best in the world.
But Zabaleta knew about the plans and that helped convince him to make the switch from Espanyol before the transfer window closed and take on a new challenge in England.
"The plan is very interesting, with real possibilities. I have come here to play for the title and to win things in Europe," he told AS.
"Of course, I knew about some talks a while ago and knew that if he (Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim) bought the club then the injection of money would be very important."
Robinho's deadline day arrival surprised Zabaleta, as he thought the Brazilian would force his way out of Real Madrid in order to join Chelsea.
"It did surprise me a bit. He was keen to go to Chelsea. All summer the stories were about him negotiating, pressurising and looking for a move," he continued.
While Zabaleta is excited by the prospect of a new life in Manchester, he admits that he will always cherish the three years he spent with Espanyol.
"I was only in Manchester for a very short time and I saw a small bit of the city, the hotel and the stadium," he continued.
"When I was at the airport a couple came up to me and welcomed me to England and to the club. I cannot speak much English but we understood each other.
"I have some unforgettable memories from the city of Barcelona and Espanyol. I went through so much there as it was my first European club and we had some great times.
"We had a great squad and we celebrated and suffered together. Playing in the UEFA Cup Final in Glasgow has to be my best experience and showed what it meant to be an Espanyol player."