Wilfried Zaha has admitted that he is hoping to stay at Crystal Palace for the 2018/19 season, despite rumours linking the winger to a £50m move to Manchester City. Zaha has spent his entire professional career at Selhurst Park, aside from an underwhelming two year stint at Manchester United between 2013 – 2015.
Being named as Alex Ferguson’s final ever transfer would weight heavily on any player, particularly one who managed to make just two appearances for the Red Devils, before being shipped off back to Crystal Palace. For Wilfried Zaha however, returning to his former club has proven to be an inspired decision.
Over the last few seasons, Zaha has emerged as one of the most exciting players in the Premier League, and 2017/18 was perhaps his most successful campaign to date.
Crystal Palace’s turnaround under Roy Hodgson made for one of the most remarkable Premier League stories of the year, with the Eagles coming from bottom of the table to a respectable 11th placed finish in just over six months. Zaha played a major role in Palace’s change in fortunes, coming back from an injury in the early part of the season to score nine goals and provide three assists. The 25-year-old lead the Eagles towards emphatic victories over Chelsea, Leicester City, Stoke City, and Brighton, and was named Premier League Player of the Month for April, as well as picking up his third Player of the Season award for Crystal Palace.
Now that the season is officially over, potential suitors for Zaha are beginning to come out of the woodwork, with Man City emerging as the most likely club to sign the exciting winger. City are reported to be eyeing a £50m move for Zaha, who has stolen their focus from previous target Riyad Mahrez.
According to Zaha however, he’s staying put.
“I have no plans on leaving,” said Zaha. “I’m enjoying my football, you can see how much I’m enjoying it. This is my home and there’s no reason for me to leave.”
“We didn’t start the best, but I knew that the players we have, we were good enough to get where we are now,” Zaha said. “I had no doubt that we’d get back to ourselves.”