According to Four Four Two, the Argentine international has been linked with a move to join former boss Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan. The Nerazzurri were flying in Serie A until losing their way somewhat in recent weeks—they were held by Atalanta on Saturday—and have been rumoured to be considering a move for the experienced right-back who could provide a midseason boost [as noted by FFT].
However, speaking to the Manchester Evening News [as per Four Four Two], the versatile star has insisted that he won’t be leaving the club during the coming weeks.
“At the end of this season I will have one more year left on my contract. Normally the end of this season will be the time to decide what we will do,” Zabaleta began.
“As a player I think I still have two or three years left to play at the top level, but in football you never know – things change quickly,” he insisted.
“I am enjoying myself at this great club, and at the end of this season we will have a conversation with the club,” he continued, opening the door to a potential contact extension.
“It’s January, and everything comes from the media about players coming in or going out but I am 100 per cent focussed on City at the moment.
“I want to finish the season here and am not thinking of going anywhere in January.”
Typically such a consistent presence at Eastlands, Zabaleta is arguably enjoying one of his toughest campaigns since moving to the Etihad Stadium in 2008.
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He has had to deal with two separate knee injures in the last 12 months, and the 31-year-old has managed just three starts in the Premier League so far this term.
Under contract until 2017, it remains to be seen whether the South American is in the midst of his final campaign at City, even if he does stay put for the rest of the month.