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West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta: 'I almost joined Roma in 2016'

Zabaleta: 'I almost joined Roma in 2016'
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Pablo Zabaleta - now at West Ham United - says that he almost left Manchester City to sign for Roma in 2016.

Pablo Zabaleta has revealed that he is open to a future move to Italy, having previously come close to signing for Roma in 2016.

Zabaleta ended a nine-year spell at Manchester City last summer by linking up with West Ham United, and the Argentine has gone on to make 44 appearances for the Hammers.

However, the full-back has said that he received an offer to join Roma two years ago, but instead decided to play under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.

The 33-year-old told Sky Sport Italia: "When Roberto Mancini was at Manchester City, we had a fitness coach who didn't speak English, so I had to try to communicate with him in Italian and that's how I improved my grasp of the language.

"I was close to Roma two years ago. They had offered me a three-year contract. I thought it could be a great experience, but those were the years when Pep Guardiola had arrived in Manchester and he said that he wanted me there.

"After so many years at City, I made a choice with my heart and decided to remain. I have always thought that I'd enjoy an experience playing in Italy, though."

Zabaleta has less than a year remaining on his contract at West Ham.


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