West Ham extend Pablo Zabaleta’s contract

The veteran defender will stay at the club until the end of the 2019/20 season

Pablo Zabaleta will spend a third season with West Ham after the club exercised an option in his contract to keep him at London Stadium until 2020.

The 34-year-old defender has played 66 games since joining on a free transfer from Manchester City in July 2017, including 27 this term.

“It’s great news and I’m so happy,” said the Argentine.

“I’m enjoying my time at West Ham and I’ve got so much respect and so much passion for this profession. I’m still enjoying it and it’s made me feel I can go for another year.

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“I just want to focus on what we’re doing with the club and with the team this season and be ready to go again next season, because I just want to enjoy every single moment.”

A statement from the Hammers said: “Everyone at West Ham United is looking forward to continue working with Pablo, a consummate professional on and off the field.

“He is a leader, an inspiration to all and fully committed to the club.”

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