West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta admits he does not have long left at the top

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City talks with Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City as he goes onto the pitch as a second half substitute during his last home match for the club...

West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta admits he is towards the end of his Premier League career.

West Ham signing Pablo Zabaleta says he is fully committed to making his time at West Ham a success because he does not know how much time he has left at the top level.

The Argentine left Manchester City this week after nine years at the club.

He racked up for than 300 appearances for City during this time, winning two Premier League medals.

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City talks with Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City as he goes onto the pitch as a second half substitute during his last home match for the club...

At 32-years-old Zabaleta is pragmatic about his future.

He told The Times: "I know probably I am towards the end of my career and I can’t say that I will play for another five or six years.

“It depends on how I feel in the next few years. The Premier League is very demanding for physical intensity. I am anxious I can give 100 per cent. I am not thinking long term.”

Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium on May 16, 2017 in...

Zabaleta's comments should not concern West Ham too much, as they too will be taking the same stance.

They should not be expecting him to be a long term solution at right-back either, but after struggling at the position in recent seasons, the Hammers should simply be glad to have a steady pair of hands for a couple of seasons, and take it from there.

Beyond that West Ham should hope that youngster Sam Byram will be ready to step up, and learning from the Argentine international could be invaluable for the former Leeds talent.

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