"The plan is very interesting, with real possibilities. I have come here to play for the title and to win things in Europe," he told AS.
"Of course, I knew about some talks a while ago and knew that if he bought the club then the injection of money would be very important."
"It did surprise me a bit. He was keen to go to Chelsea. All summer the stories were about him negotiating, pressurising and looking for a move," he continued.
Zabaleta did not see much of Manchester during his first visit, but admits that he will always cherish his time with Espanyol after spending three seasons at the club.
"I was only in Manchester for a very short time and I saw a small bit of the city, the hotel and the stadium," he continued.
"When I was at the airport a couple came up to me and welcomed me to England and to the club. I cannot speak much English but we understood each other.
"I have some unforgettable memories from the city and Espanyol. I went through so much there as it was my first European club and we had some great times.
"We had a great squad and we celebrated and suffered together. Playing in the UEFA Cup Final in Glasgow has to be my best experience and showed what it meant to be an Espanyol player."