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Zabaleta: Return to City will be strange

MEDIA WATCH: Pablo Zabaleta speaks ahead of his return to the Etihad.
Club legend Pablo Zabaleta, comments from Danny Mills and January transfer gossip all feature in your Saturday media round-up…

Firstly we turn to an old friend: Pablo Zabaleta, who will be returning to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon with West Ham.

Sunday’s Premier League clash will mark the first time Zaba has returned to the stadium since leaving the Blues last May and he will most certainly receive a warm reception.

Ahead of his return to Manchester, he told Sport360: “Even if I know all of them and have big feeling for the club, for the players, for the fans, I am a West Ham player now and of course I want West Ham to perform well and get something from this game.

“It’s going to be weird going back to play against City after being there so many years and having so many great memories.

“It is going to be a bit of a strange feeling, but good to be back in front of the City fans. This is part of football, it happens.

“Now we are going to play against City and they are the best team in the Premier League at the moment.

“They are playing really well and you can see them enjoying themselves. They have won games late at the end recently and it shows they keep fighting and trying to score and to get the win. I am very pleased for all of them.

“Of course I wish City can win the league too. At the moment they have been very good so far, individually and as a team, they have been great. When I get a chance, I watch them, like in the Champions League.”

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Next, we move onto former Manchester City defender, Danny Mills, who recently told BT Sport that the Blues look “almost unstoppable” this season.

City remain unbeaten so far in the 2017/18 season, and have the opportunity to extended their consecutive number of wins to 20 on Sunday against West Ham, and Mills believes this will continue.

“I’m loath to say it but they [Manchester City] almost look unstoppable,” the former right-back stated. “The Derby is coming up and if they beat Manchester United then the title is probably theirs to throw away.

“But they are playing so well. It’s brilliant to see and that’s down to Pep.

“But on the other half of the city you’ve got Mourinho who is the pragmatist. The derby is going to be incredibly fascinating.”

Finally, we look at the transfer gossip surrounding City in the media, and a familiar name cropped up once again.

The latest rumours have thrown Arsenal striker, Alexis Sanchez, in the mix yet again and have suggested that City are prepared to submit an offer in January.

James Robson wrote in the Manchester Evening News: “Sterling’s form represents a remarkable turnaround for a player who looked like the potential fall guy when City bid £60m for Alexis Sanchez in the summer.

“While Guardiola personally blocked Arsenal’s attempts to include the England international in the deal - he still looked to be one of the likeliest to suffer as a result of Sanchez’ arrival.

“Guardiola still intends to move for the Chilean, with City ready to offer £20m in January.”

That’s all for today, but we will have your Sunday media round-up before our match build-up tomorrow!

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