Zabaleta has been singled out as City's Player of the Season by boss Roberto Mancini and is loved by the fans. He enjoys the added pressure of being skipper but insists he is only keeping the armband warm for Kompany.
He said: "I'm very quiet as a captain. I don't like to talk too much. Vincent is the captain of the team and with him out, the manager gave me the armband.
"Of course, as the captain you have more responsibility but it doesn't change anything."