Speaking to the Mirror, Zabaleta praised the fans for their support and believes that the Blues can now lay claim to bragging rights in Manchester.
"After six years I can say I am a Mancunian," he said.
"I really like the new song the fans sing about me saying that.
"I want to be one of those players who all the City fans remember. When I came to Manchester the big club was United. You can't say the same thing about Manchester now.
"City have a bigger reputation - not just in England, but around the world.
"I feel very proud to be part of it - and say I am one of the survivors of that time before the money!"