London, Nov 16: After 15 years as a professional footballer, West ham and Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta is set to hang up his boots at the end of the season, according to reports.
The 33-year-old right-back is mostly known for his stint with Premier League defending Champions Manchester City where he won two titles. But last year he left the side after nine long years and joined rivals, West Ham. However, with his Hammers contract set to end next Summer and the club not willing to offer him an extended deal, the defender is said to be thinking of calling time on his illustrious career.
BREAKING:— Real Talk Manchester City ⚽️ (@RealTalkMCFC) November 12, 2018
Pablo Zabaleta (33) is set to announce his retirement from professional football at end of the season 😢😭💔 [SPORT] pic.twitter.com/MMTiNLJfWi
The defender, following his retirement, is expected to be reuniting with his model wife, who lives in Barcelona. Since 2013, he has been married to Christel Castano and has a home in Espanyol. However, the defender could soon come back to football after a decent break as a coach as he is currently studying his coaching badges.
Pablo Zabaleta, who is taking his coaching badges, when asked if he could manage City:— City Watch (@City_Watch) November 2, 2018
"Why not? I spent 9 years at City, it was like a home. And my last meeting with Khaldoon, he said the door will be open for me to come back in some role, so we will see. It would be special." pic.twitter.com/2gfi6DXMOi
The right-back, who has also played in the midfield, started his career with San Lorenzo de Almagro before signing for La Liga side Espanyol. He spent three seasons with the Barcelona-based side, reaching the UEFA Cup final, but later signed for Manchester City, rejecting the likes of Juventus.
The retired Argentine international is a pretty popular member among the Citizens where he became an integral part of the Sky Blues’ resurrection. He won the Premier League in 2012 and 2014, the FA Cup in 2011, and the League Cup in 2014, making 333 appearances in all competitions for City, scoring 12 goals.
The former Espanyol defender had earlier expressed his desire to move to UAE or Argentina in the last stage of his career but it now seems that pulling the curtain on what has been a wonderful career is inevitable in the coming May.