Pablo Zabaleta joins West Ham

He departed Manchester City after nine years at the end of the season

BY Raf Diallo 14:12 Friday 26 May 2017, 14:12 26 May 2017

Pablo Zabaleta. Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

West Ham have confirmed the signing of former Manchester City right back Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer.

The Argentina defender has agreed a contract until the summer of 2019.

Zabaleta was released by Man City after nine years with the Premier League club at the end of the last season.

He says joining West Ham gives him a new challenge as "both a person and a player".

Speaking to the West Ham official club website, the 32 year old said, "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.

This week, Man City revealed the latest aspects of Pep Guardiola's revamp of the squad with the announcement that fellow full backs Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy would be released along with goalkeeper Willy Caballero and winger Jesus Navas.

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