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Kaka talk excites Zabaleta

City's Argentine defender would welcome Brazilian playmaker

Zabaleta: Hoping for new arrivals

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Pablo Zabaleta is hoping Manchester City can land a record-breaking deal for Brazilian superstar Kaka.

The Argentine defender has faced his fellow South American in the past and admits to being an admirer of his considerable talents.

With a proposed move to Eastlands continuing to dominate the headlines, he may soon find himself on the same side as the former World Player of the Year.

City's riches have made them a commanding force in the transfer market, with Zabaleta of the opinion that can only be seen as a positive for the club in their quest to become a major player in world football.

"As players we try to stay on the margins of these types of things," he said in the Daily Express.

"But the club has some very beautiful plans.

"With the people who have come from Abu Dhabi, the club have the cash for important players.

Quality

"And that is a good thing because we all hope Manchester City will soon be fighting for the title and playing in the Champions League.

"When the money is there you can buy quality players, but every player here needs to know that every game is important.

"Also a lot of players arrived right at the end of the summer transfer window, and Mark Hughes has had to gel them little by little. It is a slow process but the team is coming together now.

"We know that Mark Hughes is looking for players with character, strong players.

"He has the mentality of a winner. We are all extremely happy with that attitude and he is transmitting it to us.

"As for Kaka, I played against him for Argentina when we played in London and Brazil won 3-0. He is a fantastic player, a world star.

"If he comes, it will be important for us because it would make us very proud to have one of the best players in the world. And it would be such a fantastic boost for the whole club."