'He won't be at West Ham next yr' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips in 'Unbelievable' player claim
Kevin Phillips insisted Pablo Zabaleta will not be a West Ham player next season with his contract expiring in June.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 35-year-old will move abroad for the latter stages of his career.
Zabaleta is into the last three months of his contract at the London Stadium having arrived from Manchester City in 2017.
The right-back has gone on to make 79 appearances for the Hammers but has fallen down the pecking order this season – only featuring 10 times.
Phillips suggested the Argentine defender will want to finish his career on the field playing as much as possible and will, therefore, exit the Premier League.
“I think this is his last season in the Premier League,” he told Football Insider.
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“He has been an unbelievable servant for Manchester City and has done a great job down at West Ham with his experience.
“Zabaleta will be allowed to move on and he will probably end up in China, finish his career out there on unbelievable money. He will not be a West Ham player next year.
“The player strikes me as having great attitude and he looks like he loves playing football. He will not be guaranteed a game next year so he will want to go somewhere where he can play week in, week out.”
During his 9-year spell at Manchester City, Zabaleta won two league titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups.
However, as revealed by Football Insider, FIFA may introduce a set of emergency measures that would see player’s contracts extended until the completion of the season.
Such an agreement would see the full-back remain at the London Stadium beyond June.
In other West Ham news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider Declan Rice to be one of many exits this summer.