Manchester City veteran Pablo Zabaleta joins West Ham
Zabaleta signs a new deal with West Ham after his contract expired with Manchester City.
The 32-year old right-back will officially join West Ham on 9th June for free after his contract expires with Manchester City.
Zabaleta has agreed on a two-year deal at London Stadium and is Slaven Bilic’s first major signing of the summer.
— Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) July 1, 2017
Zabaleta told West Ham’s official website:
“Sometimes a new challenge is all you need as a person and as a player,” “I thought my time at City was done. It’s been a fantastic nine years, absolutely brilliant.
“Manchester City gave me the opportunity to come to this wonderful league, the Premier League, something I’ve been enjoying a lot as a player and of course for me it was probably the right time to move on.”
He also added:
“Also, as a player, I thought I wanted to keep playing in the Premier League. For me, after being in this country for so long, this is a new challenge for me in the Premier League and I’m ready for it and looking forward to it.”
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 26, 2017
Zabaleta will become West Ham’s first major signing of the summer as Slaven Bilic look to bring in ‘game changers’ to improve the eleventh-placed finish last season.
Zabaleta turned down a number of offers from clubs in Italy, Spain and England to join West Ham, and is looking forward to a new challenge.
Pablo Zabaleta has been capped 58 times by Argentina and will look to compete with Sam Byram for the right back position at West Ham.
Zabaleta joined City from Espanyol in 2008 and went on to make 300 appearances for the Citizens. He won the League title twice and played a very crucial role in their triumph for the Premier League title on both occasions.