West Ham United defender Jeremy Ngakia will be leaving the club at the end of the month after rejecting a “significantly improved” new contract.
Jeremy Ngakia, 19-year-old defender, Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta, 35, and Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez, 34, will also depart when their contracts expire on June 30.
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Academy graduate Ngakia, who debuted for West Ham in a 2–0 defeat by Liverpool in January, has made five starts for David Moyes‘ side this year and was on the path to becoming a regular first-team member.
“Jeremy was offered significantly improved terms to reward his breakthrough into the first-team squad this year, along with further contractual enhancements linked to his future progress and success,” West Ham said in a statement.
“However, the player and his representatives declined to accept any of the offers, and also turned down a short-term extension until the end of the current season.”
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Zabaleta, who has made 80 appearances for West Ham since arriving on a free transfer from Manchester City in 2017, will depart after three seasons, with an injury preventing him from signing a short-term extension until this season’s end.