West Ham United right-back Pablo Zabaleta has spoken about this being his final season in the Premier League.
The Argentinian has been in the league ever since moving to Manchester City from Espanyol in 2008, as per Transfermarkt, but his stay in England’s top tier will soon be coming to an end:
Zaba on this being his final season in the Premier League.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) August 21, 2019
Zabaleta has played a total of 293 Premier League matches, scoring eight goals and assisting a total of 22 across his time at West Ham and Manchester City, having won the league title twice.
However, there are now signs that his influence has begun to dwindle, with Ryan Fredericks overtaking him as the Hammers’ most prominent right-back, having played every minute of both their matches this campaign.
Even with his influence on the decline, Zabaleta will be fondly remembered and missed by many of the claret and blue army.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the comment, including posts from supportive West Ham fans, can be seen below:
First class player and a first class human being – @pablo_zabaleta, I hope you stay close to our club in the future
— Simon Kerins (@1OnTheBallPR) August 21, 2019
Can never fault the levels of effort passion and consistency in your performances in sad it’s the last season for you in England but you will be back hopefully as a coach with us
— will earle (@willearle_) August 21, 2019
Give @pablo_zabaleta a longer contract!
— Liam Tandy (@liamtandy88) August 21, 2019
— (@WHU_Shane) August 21, 2019
— Jimmy Ellison (@JimmyEllison15) August 21, 2019
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Absolutely class bloke. Leads by example and a proper role model for the youngsters.
— Martin Reeve (@iowbirdman) August 21, 2019