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Pablo Zabaleta admits he is considering his Manchester City future

Manchester City fullback Pablo Zabaleta spoke exclusively to Sky Sports

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta admits he is considering his future, potentially putting an end to his eight-year spell at the club.

The 31-year-old was substituted in Manchester City's 3-0 win against Chelsea last weekend in what was just his 10th league appearance of the season.

The Argentina international has been sidelined with knee and medial ligament injuries this season, and has been competing for game time with team-mate Bacary Sagna.

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As a result, Zabaleta admits he has been considering his future at the club.

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News HQ, Zabaleta said: "He [Sagna] has been outstanding this season.

"I'm so glad for him because he's a great lad, a great player and also he's given me a chance to have some rest thinking about the future.

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna
Image: Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has been playing regularly ahead of Zabaleta this season

"I have just one more year here [on my contract] and we'll see what happens at the end of the season. We expect big changes at the club with a new manager coming in."

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Zabaleta says discussions about his future are likely to happen at the end of the season before he sets off on international duty with Argentina to Copa America.

"Probably at the end of the season, we have to sit down with the club and decide what will happen," he added.

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"My only concern is just thinking about another big tournament in the summer and coming back probably without rest and without pre-season.

"The best thing for me is just be focused on trying to finish this season in the best way. All the players will have to hear from the new manager and what his new ideas are for next season."

Manchester City face Newcastle on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports, and a win would create a three-point gap over fourth-placed Arsenal.

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta is treated by medical staff
Image: Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta has suffered with injuries this season

"It's going to be a really tough game," said Zabaleta. "Even if they are not in their best situation so far this season. I think its huge game for them to get three points and move closer to staying up in the Premier League.

"St James' Park is one of the best grounds, I really enjoy playing there, the atmosphere is always fantastic.

"I want Manchester City to win the game and if we get three points and can finish the season in third or second that would be important thinking about next season."

Watch Newcastle v Manchester City on Tuesday night from 7pm on Sky Sports 1 HD.

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