Zabaleta: I could have left in the off-season

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has revealed he received a number of offers in the off-season, but insists he never considered accepting any of them.

Zabaleta had been linked to the Serie A throughout the transfer window, with AS Roma reportedly being his most likely destination.

The 31-year-old has only one year left on his contract at the Etihad and several European clubs had been rumoured to have made contact before he was offered a new one.

"I have only one year left on my contract and so some teams were aware of my situation and probably were looking to make an offer," The Argentina international told the club's offcial website.

"I did receive a few offers from some clubs, but I didn't decide anything until coming back to pre-season, meeting the new manager and having a conversation. 

"There was a new manager coming in and everyone has to have that conversation to see what your situation is for the future.

"I've never been told anything but 'stay here for the next season' and I'm more than pleased with this. 

"I've been at this club for so long and Manchester has been a fantastic place for me to be, especially playing for this great football club."