Cresswell backs West Ham’s Zabaleta deal

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has said that Pablo Zabaleta will bring ‘quality, loyalty and experience’ to the Hammers after joining from Manchester City earlier this summer.

Zabaleta spent nine years with Man City between 2008 and 2017, making more than 330 appearances and winning two Premier League titles during his time at the Etihad Stadium.

West Ham won the race to sign the 32-year-old following his release from Man City, and Cresswell has revealed that he cannot wait to play alongside the Argentine at the London Stadium during the 2017-18 campaign.

Cresswell told West Ham’s official website:

“Watching him throughout his time with Manchester City, which was nearly a decade, the things Pablo Zabaleta did for that club were fantastic, winning Premier League titles cups and the like.

“He will now bring those qualities, his loyalty and experience to West Ham and his presence will only help us, not only his fellow defenders but the whole team.

“His quality is there for all to see, so he is a great addition to the squad. Pablo will not only make his presence felt on the pitch, but his experience will rub off on the young lads around the training ground.”

Man City paid just under £7m to sign Zabaleta from La Liga outfit Espanyol in the summer of 2008, with the versatile defender said to have turned down an offer from Italian giants Juventus to move to England.

The Argentine international only started 11 Premier League games last season after struggling with injury, although he did start five times in the Champions League.

Article title: Cresswell backs West Ham’s Zabaleta deal

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