Date: 29th June 2017 at 7:04pm
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West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell says he is excited about the arrival of defender Pablo and says the Argentine will have a ‘huge impact’ on the club.

Zabaleta agreed to join the Hammers on a free at the end of the last season after leaving City, however the move will be formally completed on Saturday once the officially opens.

Cresswell, who had spoken about the Argentine with fellow , said on “Watching him throughout his time with Manchester City, which was nearly a decade, the things Pablo Zabaleta did for that club were fantastic, winning League titles cups and the like.”

He then added: “He will now bring those qualities, his loyalty and experience to West Ham and his presence will only help us, not only his fellow defenders but the whole team.”

The 27-year-old recently made his second cap for England in the 3-2 defeat to in Paris, and believes that the Argentine defender can help him improve as he looks to break further into ’s England set-up.

“I spoke to Joe Hart while I was away with England and Joe could not have spoken any higher of him, saying he is a great teammate, a great lad and top professional. His quality is there for all to see, so he is a great addition to the squad. Pablo will not only make his presence felt on the pitch, but his experience will rub off on the young lads around the training ground.”

Cresswell spent last year’s pre-season out injured, as well as much of the start of the Premier League campaign, but is looking forward to getting back into action.

“Now, I want to hit the ground running when I come back for pre-season training, because I want to keep my place in the squad and add to my tally of caps in the future.”