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West Ham veteran Zabaleta admits retirement likely: Why play in empty stadiums?

West Ham veteran Pablo Zabaleta admits he's ready to hang up the boots.

The 35-year-old is out of contract this summer and admitted that his retirement is nearing, especially with the uncertainty created by the coronavirus outbreak.

He said: "I think about it every day. I wake up thinking, 'Is this what awaits me after retirement?' Now, somehow, we'll go back to training and we will see. But it's all still uncertain.

"I had even come to think, at the end of this season, to give myself the joy of playing one more season in another league, perhaps in Italy, but now I don't know.

"The chances are you won't play in front of a crowd, so what motivation could I have left? Why go to Italy if mythical stadiums like the Olimpico in Rome or San Siro will be closed?"

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