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​Zabaleta tells West Ham fans: Expect attacking football under Pellegrini

West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta has told fans of the club that they can expect to be treated to attacking football under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The 33-year-old is familiar with the managerial methods of Pellegrini as he played under the Chilean when Manchester City won the Premier League title in 2014.

"When I was a teenager with the San Lorenzo club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I was in the second team and he was the first-team manager," said Zabaleta,

"Manuel did well when we were at San Lorenzo," said the Argentine defender. "He had success there, he built a good team, won the Primera Division title and set some records.

"After he left San Lorenzo he went to River Plate and won another Primera Division title. He was always keen on youth development, bringing through good young players who went on to do very well.

"He went to Spain with Villarreal and did a great job, taking them to the Champions League semi-finals. I played against his teams many times when I was with Espanyol and they were always very tough opponents.

"He also did well at Real Madrid and Malaga, then he came to City, where we worked together for three seasons and won the Premier League title.

"He's a quiet person but he is also very determined and very strong in his belief about how football should be played."

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