Date: 4th October 2018 at 5:53pm
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West Ham United right back Pablo Zabaleta will earn himself a contract extension if he makes 25 Premier League appearances this season, according to Claret & Hugh.

The respected Hammers insider has revealed that the 33-year-old, on a reported £75,000-per-week [Source: Spotrac], will automatically trigger a 12 month contract extension if he makes the required amount of league appearances this term.

The former Manchester City man’s current deal expires at the end of the current campaign, but his recent excellent performances will have West Ham fans eager for him to receive an extension.

A source told Claret & Hugh: “He has a clause in his deal that should he make 25 appearances he will automatically see his contract renewed. Obviously he’s made a great start this season and is a top professional. It would be great if he could end his career with the club – he’s a real role model to the younger players.”

OPINION

This is the sort of clause that you often see included in older player’s contracts. Teams wants to ensure that they’re getting value from ageing players who could fall of a cliff at any moment, so it’s sensible for them to include performance-based incentives in their deals. There’s no question that the way Zabaleta is playing he’ll make at least 25 Premier League appearances this term. The Argentinian has been superb so far for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, keeping summer signing Ryan Fredericks out of the team in recent weeks. He deserves a fresh deal and an extra 12 months means that the club aren’t making any long term commitment to the veteran. His importance to the team has been clearly spelled out since he came back into the side recently, and he deserves to have his stay at the London Stadium extended for another year. Hammers fans merely have to wait for him to meet the required number of appearances now.