West Ham Signs Pablo Zabaleta On A Free Transfer

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West Ham have signed Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer.

The right-back spent nine seasons at the Etihad Stadium, but is one of five players whom Pep Guardiola has let go this summer.

The 32-year-old, who has been capped 58 times by Argentina, will compete with Sam Byram for the right-back berth at West Ham.

And he becomes Slaven Bilic’s first summer signing as he looks to improve on an 11th placed finish in 2016-17.

The Argentine is looking forward to a new challenge.

“This is an absolute pleasure to be part of West Ham United Football Club,” he told .”I hope I can give you good moments. Of course, I come to the club to enjoy myself and hopefully we can have a very successful time.

“Sometimes a new challenge is all you need as a person and as a player. I thought my time at City was done. It’s been a fantastic nine years, absolutely brilliant.

“Manchester City gave me the opportunity to come to this wonderful league, the Premier League, something I’ve been enjoying a lot as a player and of course for me it was probably the right time to move on.

“Also, as a player, I thought I wanted to keep playing in the Premier League. For me, after being in this country for so long, this is a new challenge for me in the Premier League and I’m ready for it and looking forward to it.”

Zabaleta joined City from Espanyol in 2008 and went on to make over 300 appearances for the club, winning the Premier League on two occasions.

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