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West Ham’s Zabaleta pours scorn on retirement reports

West Ham’s Pablo Zabaleta has moved to dismiss speculation he is set to retire at the season’s end.

The veteran full-back has been a consistent performer for Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season, and despite turning 34 in the new year, says he is undecided on his future.

“I don’t know. The main thing for me is to keep enjoying my football, I’m so happy to be part of the West Ham family,” he told Sky Sports.

“I know I’m not getting any younger but I still feel alright, I’m playing in every single game and physically I feel good.

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“We will see at the end of the season what the best decision is for me, the club, for everyone, but at the moment I don’t want to think about this, I just want to enjoy playing games. The main thing is to have a good season with the team.”

When asked if he was to retire at the end of the season, the former Manchester City full back insisted that his love for football will see him continue to play for as long as possible.

“No, I’ll be 34 in January and I love football so much. If I continue playing in every game it means I can go for a few more years.

“When you are in your 30s you cannot think about long term, that is the only thing, but I’m not thinking about retirement.

“If I can go for another few years I do will 100 per cent because I’ve got so much love for football.”

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