Manuel Pellegrini is eager for West Ham United to offer one of his most loyal servants a new deal to remain at the club.
According to a report by the London Evening Standard, the Chilean manager is keen for the club to extend Pablo Zabaleta’s stay at the London Stadium beyond the end of the season.
The 34-year-old’s current contract expires at the conclusion of the current Premier League campaign, however, he has no plans to retire from playing at the moment.
Zabaleta has been a regular feature of Pellegrini’s plans, whether that be in east London now, or during their time together at Manchester City.
It is claimed that if he reaches a certain number of appearances a one-year extension will be triggered, although the manager is hopeful a new deal will be handed to him regardless.
Despite his advancing years, Zabaleta has been in fine form for West Ham this season and has consistently put in a number of impressive performances.
It would make complete sense for The Hammers to hand him a new deal, as although he can still play a starring role for the club, he can also become a mentor for the likes of Ryan Fredericks who are looking to make the step up.
There are not many people at the London Stadium who know Pellegrini as well as Zabaleta does and it could prove to be a vital relationship for the club to achieve European football in the future.
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