Because of the timing of his arrival, and the service he has given to City, Zabaleta has become closely associated with the modern era at the Etihad Stadium, while the quality of his performances has made him a popular figure with the club's supporters.
Toure appeared to be on his way out of City after he was left out of the club's Champions League squad at the start of the season. "Sure. At the clubs I worked at before, I am not here, but here we have a second chance".
The futures of Toure and five other players coming to the end of their contracts - Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas and Tosin Adarabioyo - are likely to be decided after the Premier League season finishes next weekend.
"Guardiola said: "(The) pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend (myself with) - at that club, if in six months you don't win, you are really out.
He was also key on the right flank as City won the 2011-12 Premier League title, and by the time they won the prize again in 2013-14, Zabaleta had cemented his status as one of the best full-backs in the division.
"First goal is offside, anyone who has played football knows it", Schmeichel said.
"Yes it's hard", he admitted. To replace that you need someone who has been here for nine years.
'The first taker was Yaya but I love it when the players have the personality to take a decision on the pitch, ' said Guardiola. Everyone has his own personality. "He has given his heart to the club and he would find it hard to leave City".
"We played well but we couldn't score enough goals and we had to fight until the very last minute". I remember at that time Sir Alex Ferguson and the "noisy neighbours". For me, we couldn't let people say something like that about us.
"Hopefully all the fans come to support us and to express gratitude for one of the most important players in the history of Manchester City". "Battling together for 9 years". "I know you are curious but now it is important to stay in the present".
"He's tough, he gets into challenges where usually he has no right to win them, but he gets out on the winning end". After the goal and before we were very disciplined, gave everything, and should have got something out of the game.