Who could have predicted how West Ham United’s first season under Manuel Pellegrini would have turned out? The Hammers certainly started a new era by being rather ambitious in the summer and made a number of signings to try and help take the club into a new dawn.
Plenty of players have excelled in the first-team under the Chilean manager this season, despite the club’s overall inconsistencies at times, and it appears one man is ready to open talks about his future at the London Stadium beyond the end of the season.
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The London Evening Standard claim Pablo Zabaleta is ready to hold talks with his manager about the possibility of staying at West Ham beyond the end of his current contract.
Pellegrini is believed to be keen to give him that extension, however, the Argentine right-back has been rather coy about what he intends to do once the season comes to an end, with talk about possibly heading back to Manchester City in a backroom role being circulated.
Despite being at the final stages of his career, Zabaleta has been nothing but impressive for West Ham this season and has been a largely influential figure for the club, especially within the dressing room and on the pitch.
The Argentine might be 34-years-old, however, his performances on the pitch have still been of a high standard and consistent, which has kept the likes of Ryan Fredericks out of the first-team when fit.
As mentioned, he would also be able to bring more than just his displays to the Hammers, as he would be able to help guide some of the younger players and become somewhat of a mentor for some of the players starting to come through the academy – such as Ben Johnson.
Zabaleta also knows Pellegrini better than anyone else at the club, having won the Premier League title with him at Manchester City in 2014 and would certainly be a man that the manager could look to when needing an authoritative figure in the dressing room – although it could be argued there are already plenty of players who fit that mould already.
There is no doubt that keeping him at the London Stadium for a little longer would be ideal for West Ham, however, whether that is something the South American wants to do remains to be seen.
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