Steve Parish, chairman of Crystal Palace, has revealed his determination to hold on to winger Wilfried Zaha at the end of the season. The Ivorian international has been linked with a number of clubs following another outstanding campaign at Selhurst Park, but the London club have no intention of letting him go, particularly for cheap.
“We’re confident (of keeping him). Wilfried’s focused on keeping us up in the division. He’s been here for many years and we’ll discuss his future at the end of the season. We’re not looking to sell any players. We want to improve the squad and climb the league. Wilfried is an intrinsic part of the club. We want to add to what we’ve already got,” he said.
Zaha has enjoyed another standout season with the Eagles, scoring and creating 15 goals in 28 Premier League appearances. He was the club’s Player of the Year in 2015/16 and looks set to reclaim the honour this campaign too. Zaha has finally added a finishing touch and end product the skill set he boasted, now tearing defences up and creating chances, rather than having the moves break down due to poor decision-making.
Tottenham Hotspur had a bid rejected for him last summer, while Arsenal are among the sides linked with signature. Palace don’t need to sell, nor has Zaha openly admitted he wants to leave the club so they are still in a strong position. However, now the winger has proven he is among one of the best in his position in the Premier League, the aim will be to succeed with a top side in Europe.
At Manchester United, he struggled for opportunities which hampered his form and confidence, but Zaha has been reborn with boyhood club Palace. He makes more successful dribbles than the majority of players and has scored and created more than the likes of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in 2016/17. The Eagles are keen to keep him, but Zaha is expected to have bids coming in for him in the summer.