Pablo Zabaleta to leave Manchester City

Yaya Toure’s birthday cake at the Etihad Stadium

Yaya Toure’s birthday cake at the Etihad Stadium

However, while all focus will be on securing the all-important victory, there's an intriguing sub-plot to keep an eye on.

The 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year victor was a key player in Leicester City's unexpected title success under the guidance of Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, where he scored 17 goals and assisted seven in their brilliant title victory.

Pep Guardiola: "WBA will play to win".

City fans hoped his arrival would lead to their first Premier League title in three seasons, but, despite winning their opening six games, they have faced a battle to finish in the top four.

Because of the timing of his arrival, and the service he has given to City, Zabaleta has become closely associated with the modern era at the Etihad Stadium, while the quality of his performances has made him a popular figure with the club's supporters.

Yaya Toure might not be afforded such a send-off. Yaya already has offers from different clubs.

"My only regret is that we were not able to fight [for the title] to the end".

"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", the club said. City's league record against Leicester over the past two season have been one draw and two defeats.

"It comes from people that see my work every day".

Guardiola also saw his side lose in the Champions League last 16, FA Cup semi-finals and League Cup fourth round.

Eagle-eyed referee Robert Madley correctly applied the law and City breathed deeply before seeing out the remainder of the game to stay on course for Champions League qualification.

Having been initially frozen out by Pep Guardiola, Toure has ended the season both in the team and playing well.

According to the rules, the player taking the spot kick can touch the ball again after taking the penalty only after another player has touched it. "It's something that I'm prepared for and I will try to enjoy it like a kid of 10 years old".

City are destined to finish the season empty-handed after enduring frustrating runs through domestic and European cup competitions, while slipping out of title contention in the Premier League.

"His presence in big games - even when you're losing - there's always a few players you know are going to put in a good performance, even when you don't always get on the right end of it", Kompany said.

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