West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta says he will have to decide his future next summer with his contract set to expire.

Zabaleta initially joined the Hammers in 2017, signing a two-year deal when his deal with Manchester City came to an end.

He extended that in May of this year, with the club exercising an option to extend his stay at the club into a third-year.

That new deal expires next summer, by which point Zabaleta will be 35-years-old and in his tenth year in England, having joined Manchester City in 2008.

So far there’s been no suggestion that there will be another extension on the table from West Ham, despite the fact he has made seven appearances in all competitions so far this season.

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Instead, it has been suggested that when his deal with West Ham expires, a return to his native Argentina could be on the cards.

That’s not something Zabaleta is ruling out, admitting that he will have to make a decision at some point next summer.

“My contract ends in June next year, and there I will have to make a decision,” he told La Cicloneta.

“It is my last stage in England because a cycle was fulfilled. I have a settled family that has adapted to a place; it is not just me who would be moving.

“You cannot discard anything. I still have not decided my future. It is hard to be clear in football because what you think in the short or long term may end up being different.

“If next year I decide to return to Argentina, San Lorenzo is going to be a priority. I would like to finish where I started.”