Pablo Zabaleta is surrounded by superstars at Manchester City but has named Gareth Bale as the Premier League's best player, describing the Welsh winger as a "force of nature".City sit 15 points adrift of arch rivals Manchester United in the Premier League and appear certain to relinquish the title they won so dramatically last May. Zabaleta is disappointed with the way in which the season has developed, but insisted he has not lost any faith in manager Roberto Mancini. "My relationship with Mancini is great," he added. "You can talk with him not only about football, but also life problems. "We [City] must grow as a group and in mentality. United have built a winning culture over the last 20 years, while City's project is at the beginning."