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Pablo Zabaleta to depart Manchester City at end of his contract this summer

Pablo Zabaleta will leave Manchester City at the end of the season, the club have announced.

Zabaleta, 32, will leave City at the end of June when his contract expires after nine years with the club.

The defender is one of six senior City players whose current deals run out in the summer, with the club saying that they will wait until the end of the season before deciding which of the remaining five will be offered new contracts.

A source has told ESPN FC that Zabaleta has decided to leave after failing to secure a two-year deal with City.

Pablo Zabaleta has been at Manchester City since joining from Espanyol in 2008.

West Ham and Inter Milan are reported to be interested in making a move for him.

Zabaleta has become a cult hero at City since he joined from Espanyol in 2008, making more than 332 appearances for the club and winning two Premier League titles.

The announcement will give him the opportunity to say farewell to fans when City play their last home game of the season at the Etihad Stadium against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.

"As a footballer, you always have to be ready to make decisions," Zabaleta told Sky Sports on Saturday. "I'm not getting any younger and need to be 100 percent sure of my decision because when you have a family you have to think of them as well.

"But whatever happens at the end of the season, one thing for sure is my heart will be here and my love for this club is massive. My son was also born here and he's a little Manc! As a player, I've given everything and I love Manchester as a city and I've had my best moments as a player here at the club.

"I'm still 32 and can still give a couple more years more I'm sure, because when you have the passion inside you carry on. The day I cannot feel something inside of myself and I cannot give my all I'll say: 'finished' -- as you have to be mature and well prepared for anything."

Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero and Jesus Navas are also out of contract at the end of the season.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.


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