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Pablo Zabaleta thrilled with new deal

His side may have thrashed Newcastle in the Premier League, but Manuel Pellegrini stopped short of saying it was a dream start to his reign at the Etihad Stadium.

Pablo Zabaleta says it was the simplest of decisions to sign a new contract with Manchester City, calling it a “special” moment.

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The right-back, who was recently crowned City’s Player of the Year for the 2012-13 campaign, put pen to paper on a new four-year deal on Monday.

If he sees the contract out, Zabaleta, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Espanyol in 2008, will have stayed at City for nine years.

And the 28-year-old said: “I think it is something special for me. I am really happy for that. I feel at home here at this club. That is why when the club came to me to sign a contract extension I didn't think twice.”

Zabaleta played as City began their season with a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Monday, with the only blow of the game being the loss of Vincent Kompany to injury.

“I think he pulled his groin and obviously it is hard for the team to lose the captain,” Zabaleta said. “He is one of the most important players for the team but sometimes it happens in football. We have got two games before the international break so it is important for him to have a good recovery.”

Zabaleta savoured City’s display and believes it is a sign of the style of play new manager Manuel Pellegrini has introduced at the club.

“I think the performance was fantastic. For the manager it is good to start well because it brings confidence,” he said. “We played fantastic football, keeping the ball and going forward. We scored four goals. I think this is the way we want to play.”


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