West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta has indicated that he could potentially sign a contract extension with the Hammers beyond this season.
The veteran’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season. He has been linked with retirement and a return to former club Manchester City in a coaching capacity under Pep Guardiola.
West Ham star Zabaleta does not have anything left to prove at the highest level as a player.
The 34-year-old enjoys legendary status at former club City having joined them in 2008 from Espanyol. He saw the Citizens revolution as they went from being a side that regularly finished on the bottom half of the standings to one of the best in the world.
During his time at the Etihad Stadium, West Ham man Zabaleta won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups. He also boasts 58 caps for Argentina and was part of his country’s squads which finished as runners-up during the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa America tournaments.
Since joining West Ham during the summer of 2017, Zabaleta has been a mainstay at right-back for the club. He went on to make 37 Premier League appearances last season and has made 22 League appearances this season. While he is past his peak, this proves that he is good enough to play for at least another season.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini reportedly wants the player to stay with the club for another year as he believes that the Hammers veteran can continue to add value to the team, according to a report published by Football.London.
It appears that Zabaleta could actually stay on at West Ham.
“My contract in England ends in June and I have the possibility of renewing but football changes and I’ll wait for the right moment [before making a decision], he told El Intransigente when asked about returning to his first club San Lorenzo.
“Right now I feel happy here and my family is happy living in London. I’ve spent most of my career in England, I’ve been here for 11 seasons.
“I came to West Ham to continue playing and have more game time. I’ve started 80 per cent of the games and this is what I was looking for.”