Pablo Zabaleta on course to earn West Ham extension

West Ham are poised to hand Pablo Zabaleta a one-year contract extension and he could now end his career at the club, Claret & Hugh reports. 

What’s the word?

Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham side have shown plenty of improvements in recent weeks to get back on track after a poor start to the season, and one of the best performers for the Hammers has been veteran full-back Pablo Zabaleta.

The Argentina international has retained his first-team spot ahead of summer signing Ryan Fredericks, who has been slightly naive when he has been on the field, rekindling the fine reputation he enjoyed with Pellegrini during the pair’s time at Manchester City – and a contract extension is on the horizon.

Claret & Hugh reports that Zabaleta will earn a one-year extension to his contract, which expires at the end of the season, if he makes 25 appearances this term – and it seems highly likely that the 33-year-old will not lose his spot in the side on current form.

The right move?

Signing Fredericks on a free transfer from Fulham in the summer has given West Ham added depth in defence and hands the Hammers a long-term successor to Zabaleta, but it has been clear in recent weeks that the veteran full-back still has plenty left in his tank.

Securing the 33-year-old to a new deal would be a wise move for Pellegrini’s side, as Zabaleta has established himself as an important member of the squad and a fan favourite following his fine defensive displays.

His experience at the back is vital, particularly for younger players like Declan Rice, and his performances this season show there is no reason why West Ham should allow him to leave the London Stadium for nothing at the end of the campaign.