Fernandinho admits 'something went wrong' for Manchester City this season

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"So after one season it's hard to judge and I'm sure Pep will be determined to be closer next season - in all the tournaments".

"I came here to try to win this year, it was not possible".

Manchester City are expected to be one of the most active sides in the transfer market this summer, with Guardiola set to shake up his squad after a disappointing first season in England for the former Barcelona boss.

Zabaleta joined City from Espanyol for £6.45 million (RM35.9 million) on August 31, 2008, a day before the Abu Dhabi United Group, led by billionaire Sheikh Mansour, completed a takeover that transformed the club's fortunes.

"I remember at that time [Sir Alex] Ferguson and the 'noisy neighbours, ' and this is something that I have been since that time!"

It came three days after Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann got away with a similar penalty kick against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. For me, we couldn't let people say something like that about us. We play for a lot of important things, so they have to come to support us more than ever and to express the gratitude to one of the most important players in the whole history of Manchester City.

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The Terriers and the Owls battled all the way to a penalty shootout, which Huddersfield won 4-3. The 51-year-old added: "It would have been a big mistake to make him take one".

"He wants to play in the Champions League next season but he would also play for an ambitious club who have big plans - a club who have a project". Of the current City players, only Joe Hart and captain Vincent Kompany have been there longer.

"He's tough, he gets into challenges where usually he has no right to win them, but he gets out on the winning end". He's an exceptional professional and someone who has been extremely reliable. "If you needed to go to war in the big games, you knew you had Zabba with you. And with him you have that feeling he could save the game".

Pep Guardiola has hailed Pablo Zabaleta as one of the most important players in Manchester City's history as the defender prepares for his final home game for the club.

"Though there are a number of first-team player contracts now under consideration, Pablo's situation is the only one that has been fully finalised", said a club statement.

"There are clubs who have already qualified for next season's Champions League, but for Yaya, Manchester City is a very special club".

It also promises to be an emotional night with City fans saying farewell to cult hero Pablo Zabaleta on his last appearance at the Etihad Stadium.

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