West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta is likely to stay at West Ham next season.
Despite his contract running out at the end of this campaign, there is a clause in the deal which allows it to be extended.
According to Football.London, Zabaleta will earn a one-year extension automatically if he plays 25 league games.
With the former Argentina international earning his starting spot back, this is looking increasingly likely.
Zabaleta this season
Zabaleta started the season on the bench with new boy Ryan Fredericks getting the nod.
But the 33-year-old has wrestled back the starting jersey and is now an integral part of the side.
Manuel Pellegrini trusts Zabaleta, having worked with him at Manchester City. And he is playing a starring role in West Ham’s revival.
Zabaleta’s recall has coincided with an upturn in form. These performances have definitely merited talk over a contract extension.
Good news for West Ham fans
This contract update is great news for West Ham fans.
Zabaleta’s importance to the team cannot be understated, both in terms of his influence on the pitch and his role off the field.
His experience makes him an asset to have and the younger players will learn so much from him.
Zabaleta is the perfect mentor to Fredericks and he will help the former Fulham man overtake him one day.
West Ham need to give Zabaleta a longer deal and after that, there should be talks over a potential coaching role for him.
The Argentine right-back is a model professional, a credit to the club and fully deserves to be at West Ham next season.