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Wilfried Zaha open to leaving Crystal Palace in search of trophies

Tom Gott
Wilfried Zaha is keen to move on from Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha is keen to move on from Crystal Palace / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images
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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has again voiced his interest in leaving Selhurst Park in search of a team capable of competing for regular silverware.

Targeted by the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton in the past, Palace have never humoured offers for Zaha, whose five-year contract extension in 2018 has long left the Eagles facing little-to-no pressure to offload their talisman.

Now, he is set to enter the final two years of his contract, meaning this summer is Palace's last chance to demand max value for Zaha, and the Ivorian confessed to The Face that he continues to dream of joining a bigger club.

“I feel like I can have another shot at the top teams, because my dream is to win things,” he said.​“I’m good enough to go out there and compete with the best.

"If the opportunity came, I wouldn’t turn it down, because I feel like I deserve it. It’s so I can show my kids: ​‘This is what daddy won.’”

Palace had demanded a fee of close to £100m for Zaha in the past but may be forced to drop their asking price in a post-COVID transfer market, particularly given the scale of the rebuild needed at Selhurst Park this summer.

On top of replacing manager Roy Hodgson, Palace are set to lose no fewer than 16 first-team players when their contracts expire at the end of the season, including big names like Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt, Andros Townsend and Christian Benteke.

Cutting ties with Zaha at such an uncertain time is obviously not ideal, especially with backup talisman Eberechi Eze likely to miss a big chunk of next season with an Achilles injury. But the money raised could be crucial for a side whose Premier League future may be hanging in the balance.

Roy Hodgson
Hodgson will leave Palace this summer / Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

In terms of potential suitors, Arsenal and Spurs have both been tipped to reignite their interest in Zaha, while European giants Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and AC Milan have all been keeping tabs on the 28-year-old.

Zaha has enjoyed his most prolific Premier League campaign to date this season, firing home 11 goals and adding another two assists in 29 appearances.


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