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Zabaleta excited by Pellegrini

Pablo Zabaleta is excited about the potential arrival of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City after hearing positive reports about the Chilean.

The Malaga manager has been linked with a move to the Premier League after he confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Zabaleta made 45 appearances under former boss Roberto Mancini but the team struggled to find the form they had shown last season’s title-winning campaign, finishing 11 points behind eventual winners Manchester United.

City’s style of play under the Italian was criticised for being too defensive and Zabaleta suggested the arrival of Pellegrini could remedy that.

“We will see if
Pellegrini signs for Manchester City. His way to play football is
great,” he said.

“Somebody told me he is a great manager so we will
wait to see what happens. Hopefully if he comes to City he can just
carry on with his football.

“He likes to play attractive football. Also his record in Europe is great – and that’s something we haven’t done so well in recent seasons.”

Their paths nearly crossed in the early years of Zabaleta’s career at Argentine club San Lorenzo, but before he broke into the first team Pellegrini had moved on to River Plate and the 28-year-old admitted he had admired his success since.

“I have never worked under Pellegrini before,” he added. “When he was at San
Lorenzo I was in the second team.

“I don’t know him as a person but he
did well at Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga.”

Thu 23 May, 2013
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