Departing West Ham United star Pablo Zabaleta has showed his class once again.

The Argentine is a hugely popular figure in the game after a glorious Premier League career.

Zabaleta arrived at West Ham as a veteran following his glory years at Manchester City.

And he has won a special place in the hearts of West Ham fans for his dedication and passion.

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Zabaleta turned 35 earlier this year and will leave the club this summer (The Mirror).

It comes as young right-back Jeremy Ngakia has emerged from the West Ham academy to take Zabaleta’s place in the team.

But the Hammers stalwart showed his undoubted class when he gracefully passed the baton on to Ngakia during an emotional video on West Ham’s YouTube channel.

“I have to say you’ve been brilliant mate, you’ve been so, so good,” Zabaleta said with his arm around Ngakia’s shoulder on West Ham’s YouTube channel.

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Classy star passes the baton to Ngakia in emotional video

“Well done, I have to say you’ve been class mate.

“As an individual you have to feel so proud of your game, of what you have done (so far).

“I have to say you’ve been superb and, how old are you, 19? Ah that hurts!


“Keep working hard, listen to people, be a good professional. And good luck in your career. I will be watching you playing. Nineteen years old, you’ve still got at least 15 years in front of you to enjoy.

“Well done and I wish you all the best.”

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A moment to treasure

If that wasn’t enough to have Hammers fans feeling emotional, Ngakia then responded to his mentor with equal class belying his tender years.

“Thank you,” Ngakia said.

“It’s been a dream working with you.”

What a lovely moment.

If Ngakia goes on to have half the career Zabaleta has had then West Ham will have one hell of a player on their hands.

The early signs are promising. And Ngakia has already won the trust of David Moyes.

Now the Hammers just have to make sure they stay up this season.

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