Guardiola hopes Zabaleta finishes his time at the club by helping them secure qualification for next season's Champions League, with Guardiola's men now ahead of Arsenal in the race for fourth place.
"For me, we couldn't let people say something like that about us".
"When I first came to Manchester I felt like when I was in Barcelona at Espanyol; we were not the main club in the city", said Zabaleta.
He was a key member of the side that won the Premier League title in 2012, scoring the opening goal in the dramatic 3-2 final-day win over Queens Park Rangers that ensured City became champions of England for the first time since 1968.
Toure will fall out of contract in six weeks time and it was thought that his time at the Etihad Stadium would come to an end, but it has been claimed that City are ready to offer the African ace fresh terms.
Liverpool have played the same number of games as Arsenal and look the team the most susceptible to be overtaken by Wenger's men, who now have the same goal difference of +29.
"I remember at that time Sir Alex Ferguson talking about the "noisy neighbours".
"And I'm hoping we can get maybe one or two players in that can give us a lift for next season because that's important". "I am very happy and proud to have been part of this football club". "I would like to say thank you to them for the love and support they have shown me during my nine years at the club".
"Our target, our goal, is to win the next two games".
The Premier League match against Albion will mark his final home appearance, and the club are planning tributes to mark the occasion.
Skipper Vincent Kompany, who joined a few days before Zabaleta in August 2008, said for all the easy-on-the-eye stars City have bought and will continue to sign, they will always need rock-solid warriors like the departing right back to be successful.
His side have two games to clinch the eighth place they have held for much of the season.
The scores remained the same after Mahrez's disallowed penalty, allowing Manchester City to tighten their grip on a Champions League place finish.