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Zaba unlikely to extend West Ham stay

Filed: Wednesday, 7th November 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United full back Pablo Zabaleta is currently considering various options as he contemplates the next move in his career.

The veteran full back is out of contract with the Hammers at the end of the season and appears unlikely to remain in east London in a playing capacity, despite having nailed down a first team place at the Olympic Stadium.

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At the weekend it was suggested that Zabaleta was considering a move to the United Arab Emirates in order to continue his playing career - although KUMB's Paul Walker exclusively revealed that the former Argentinian international is also open to joining a Serie A club.

However the 33-year-old is also considering hanging up his boots in order to concentrate on a coaching role, with a return to former club Manchester City still an option despite Zabaleta having rejected a similar offer prior to his move south last year.

There was no reference to the popular full back leaving the club any time soon in an interview with Zabaleta on the club's website this morning, in which he spoke effusively about his current manager and his influence at West Ham.

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"I knew Manuel [Pellegrini] from my three years at Manchester City and I know his personality," he said. "He is a manager who is not going to change, even if he has a couple of bad results. He has his way of thinking and his style of football and we needed to believe in it.

“Now, we’ve got eleven points which is good but obviously we want to consider playing in the same way and winning games, which is also important, because we want to be not too close to the relegation zone.

"It was a tough beginning of the season when we lost four games in a row, but then that win against Everton showed us that we have got enough quality to play good football and this is the only way for the manager to play.

"He believes in this and, if you look at all the teams he has been working with, it was quite similar to Saturday – always an attacking team, whether you play at home or away, against any team."

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