Pablo Zabaleta has revealed that he regularly talks about Manchester City with close friend and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Zabaleta joined City in 2008 for £6.5 million from Espanyol and has gone on to make 175 appearances for the club in five years.
He has remained close friends with Messi throughout and says that the four-time Ballon d'Or winner still talks to him about life at the Etihad Stadium.
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"When I signed for City, I think two days later the news broke that Sheikh Mansour had bought the club and Lionel always recalls that I joined at such a fantastic time.
"He asked me a lot about City but I couldn't tell him much because I didn't know much myself. It's something we often talk about, plus the fact that I'm still here."
Meanwhile, team-mate Jesus Navas paid tribute to City's devastating strike partnership of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo after all three shone in Sunday's 6-0 demolition of Tottenham.
The winger enthused: "Sergio is among the best and right now he's in really good shape. We all know about his capabilities.
"[He and Negredo are] scoring very easily at the moment. The Premier League suits their style and that's fantastic for us.
"I'm not surprised by Negredo because I already knew how good he was. He has always loved contact with defenders so this is the perfect league for him, in my opinion."