Za­baleta signs for West Ham

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: West Ham have con­firmed the sign­ing of Pablo Za­baleta on a free trans­fer fol­low­ing his release from Manch­ester City.

The right back has put pen-to-pa­per on a two-year con­tract, be­lieved to be worth about £90,000 (RM495,000) a week. It makes Za­baleta, 32, the first ma­jor sum­mer sign­ing of Slaven Bilic.

Za­baleta’s ar­rival will push Sam Byram down the peck­ing or­der while for­got­ten man Al­varo Ar­be­loa is set to leave the club.

“This is an ab­so­lute plea­sure to be part of West Ham United Foot­ball Club,” Za­baleta told West Ham TV. “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.” Daily Mail

Pablo Za­baleta

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