By Michael Brown

2nd Jul, 2020 | 7:08am

Pundit Exclusive: Proven star may have transfer lined up after opting to quit West Ham

Pablo Zabaleta may have quit West Ham to join another club, according to Michael Brown.

The former top-flight midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 35-year-old, who has been released by the Hammers, could still have had an influence off the pitch in the club’s relegation battle.

The Irons confirmed last week that Zabaleta would be leaving the club after three years in East London when his contract came to an end on Tuesday.

Brown insists that while the former Manchester City right-back might not have played much between now and the end of the season, he could have still had an impact in their survival fight.

Asked if he thought Zabaleta’s experience would be missed during their relegation battle, Brown told Football Insider: “Definitely in the dressing room, we know that. We know what he brings, his experience is second to none from what we know. 

“To make that decision now rather than in another couple of weeks, it’s also the player – what does he want to do, is there another club? It’s only a couple of weeks fitness-wise if you’re not playing, what do you do?

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“They’ve got Fredericks who’s a fantastic right-back, he can get up and down. With Zabaleta, I don’t know – the experience is there but he probably wouldn’t have played the games, would he?” 

Zabaleta played 79 times across all competitions for the Irons, with his final appearance coming in a 2-0 defeat to his old side Manchester City.

He has a total of 303 Premier League matches under his belt alongside two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.

In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie has shared some big injury news after talking to people at the club.

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