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West Ham set to sign Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer once his Manchester City contract expires at the end of June.

The 32-year-old Argentine will join on a two-year deal on 1 July.

He is leaving Manchester City after nine years, and is the club’s third-longest serving player after Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany.

“Sometimes a new challenge is what you need as a person and a player. I hope I can give you good moments,” he said.

“I’m ready for it and looking forward to it. I wanted to keep playing in the Premier League. It is an absolute pleasure to be part of West Ham.”

“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.”

West Ham Announce Zabaleta Signing

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The 32-year-old, who is capped 58 times by Argentina, will compete with Sam Byram for the right-back berth at West Ham.

Zabaleta, who started 22 games in all competitions for City this season; was given an emotional send-off by the club’s fans in the last home game of the season on 17 May.

He joined the Manchester club from Espanyol for A?6.5m in 2008 and went on to make 333 appearances; winning two league titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups.

Earlier on Friday, West Ham announced that loanees Jonathan Calleri and Gokhan Tore; would be returning to Deportivo Maldonado and Besiktas respectively.

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