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Hammers set to miss out on City-bound Zaba

West Ham could be set to miss out on the potential backroom appointment of Pablo Zabaleta.

The Argentine retired this summer and there is interest in him from Manchester City, where he made his name, according to the Daily Mail.

The right-back made 333 appearances for City, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups during his time in Manchester.

On his departure from the Etihad he joined the Irons on a free and quickly established himself gaining the  respect of  the fans and dressing room. He served the Hammers with distinction.

Zabaleta clocked up 79 appearances for the Irons but it seems he could return to the Etihad instead of the London Stadium.

City have offered roles to past players like Patrick Vieira and Joleon Lescott and Zabaleta could be the latest beneficiary.

It is not yet clear if he actually plans to remain in football but the interest appears to be real and it was always on the cards when he left Manchester that he would return on his retirement to take up a backroom role.

One has to say that the Hammers could use him, too, potentially as a defensive coach, given his knowledge of the game and his vast experience.

But they could be fighting a losing battle, given that he made his name in Manchester and remains a cult hero to the Blues fans.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

5 comments on “Hammers set to miss out on City-bound Zaba

  1. Good Luck Zaba, a true Professionals Professional…..

  2. So, what is Pearce supposed to do?

  3. I’m thrilled for Zaba he seems to have the perfect mentality to work with youth & other players. I’d of had him here as coach. I felt bad about a lot fo the stick he got especially last season with us, he had even openly said the season before his body couldnt handle PL another season. I believe he had an offer to got to Man city as coach then but stayed with us bc was asked. First season he was immense only missed what one game & was always a proper professional & great character.

  4. would prefer james collins

  5. Stayed one season too long. Looked and played like an old man in the end. He won’t be missed now we got Nolan and Pearce both equally as good and respected pro”s. Zab is a legend at citeh far more than with us

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