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As Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta are set for their final home matches for Manchester City, we look back at their stunning careers

Two recent club icons set to move on from their days in the blue half of Manchester after a trophy-laden stint there

MANCHESTER CITY fans will be all eyes on securing a top four Premier League spot when their side host West Brom on Tuesday night.

Pep Guardiola’s men take on the Baggies at 8pm looking to go back above Liverpool into third after the Reds thumped West Ham 4-0 on Sunday.

Pablo Zabaleta is set to play his last Manchester City game at the Etihad on Tuesday

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Pablo Zabaleta is set to play his last Manchester City game at the Etihad on Tuesday

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


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After all, the club may be seeing two of the club’s most recent legends play their final ever home game.

Pablo Zabaleta has already been confirmed as one to leave the club, with Guardiola dishing out the highest of praise to his defender.

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Yaya Toure is another Man City star who may be playing his last home game

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Yaya Toure is another Man City star who may be playing his last home game

Pep said: "Pablo is a real legend in what he has done in this club.

"He helped us with his team-mates, with the club, to make a step forward, to try to qualify for the Champions League, to win the Premier League, to be in Europe three or four times in a row when it was never in Europe for 30 years.

"That's why Pablo Zabaleta is so, so important."

Yaya Toure has helped Man City in winning both of their Premier League titles

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Yaya Toure has helped Man City in winning both of their Premier League titles

Meanwhile, Yaya Toure may also be featuring in his last Etihad game.

The Ivorian midfielder's deal at City runs out in the summer, with the club yet to offer him an extended deal.

In honour of the duo, we take a look back at their distinguished careers at the late-blooming giants...

TIME TO GO, PABLO

Pablo Zabaleta helped mould Man City into a Premier League powerhouse

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Pablo Zabaleta helped mould Man City into a Premier League powerhouse

MANY forget Zabaleta joined Manchester City from Espanyol one day BEFORE the club were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group.

Rejected Juventus as "the offer of Manchester City is impossible to reject" to use his words, Zabaleta went on to become arguably the best right-back in the league.

As Guardiola alluded to, much of City's success in transforming from Premier League-Championship yo-yo club, to title contenders year-in, year-out is down to players such as the Argentine.

Pablo Zabaleta will go down as a true Manchester City legend

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Pablo Zabaleta will go down as a true Manchester City legend

Now into his ninth season at the club, Zabaleta has started to slow down and play more of an inconsistent role in the City defence.

But his defensive prowess combined with his movement and passing in attack on its day was one of the best the Premier League has seen.

Zabaleta has turned out 229 times for City in the league, scoring eight times.

He was key cog in both recent title-winning teams - in 2011-12 and 2013-14 - while also playing a role in the FA Cup winning side of 2011 and the League Cup-winning side of 2014 and 2016.

YAYA'LL BE REMEMBERED

Yaya Youre was unstoppable in Man Citys 2013-14 title run

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Yaya Youre was unstoppable in Man City's 2013-14 title run

JOINING from Barcelona with City quickly becoming a Premier League force, Toure was tipped as one of Europe's best defensive midfielders.

However, Yaya was not brought in to solidify the midfield as he was given the green light to terrorise opposing defences with his powerful running and lethal long-range shooting.

Toure is another star to truly mould City into a Premier League powerhouse, joining before the first and most famous of their titles in 2011-12.

The Ivorian is into his seventh season at the Etihad and has still enjoyed a good season having spent most of the early part of 2016-17 frozen out following a bust-up with Guardiola.

Yaya Toure played a huge role in all of Man Citys recent silverware

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Yaya Toure played a huge role in all of Man City's recent silverware

However, Yaya's best season came back int 2013-14 when he was one of the greatest players on the planet.

As City would go on to win their second Premier League crown in three years, Toure fired in 20 goals from the middle of the park.

Simply put, Toure has been a part of any and all of City's silverware - from the two league titles, to the League Cup and FA cup triumphs.

Should he not be offered a new deal, he will be another club legend written in Manchester City folklore, with 216 Premier League appearances and 61 goals.