West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta has admitted that he might like to finish his career away from the club.
According to Arab News, Zabaleta is open to ending his career in the Middle East.
The veteran defender admitted that it might be time to try something different; words that could worry West Ham fans.
What has Zabaleta said?
In an interview with Arab News, Zabaleta spoke about his future and indicated that he might fancy a different challenge.
Zabaleta will turn 34 in January and could look to leave West Ham at the end of his contract.
He told Arab News: “At 34 I think it might be the right time to try something different, have a new experience.
“If I carry on playing in Europe, Italy is one of those leagues I haven’t played, but I have always been thinking about the Middle East.”
The ex-Argentina international has spoken to fellow countryman Manuel Lanzini about his time in the Middle East and he has received glowing reports.
Zabaleta also admitted that he would like to return to Manchester City one day as a coach.
Zabaleta at West Ham
Zabaleta joined West Ham in summer 2017, penning a two-year deal after leaving Manchester City.
This summer, he was reunited with Manuel Pellegrini. And Zabaleta is still a reliable player for Pellegrini to depend on.
The right-back has been one of West Ham’s best players this season, helping his side recover from four losses in a row.
Embodying commitment, passion and work ethic, Zabaleta is a model professional.
Not only does he aid West Ham on the pitch but he plays an important mentoring role with the younger players.
He truly is an asset and one which West Ham should be desperately trying to keep.
New deal is the priority!
Zabaleta needs to be rewarded with a longer deal. Although he is coming towards the end of his playing days, he still has plenty to offer West Ham, both on and off the field.
If the Hammers showed him some commitment by offering one or two more years, he might be tempted to stick around in East London.