Despite the fact that Wilfried Zaha signed a five-year contract extension with Crystal Palace over the summer of 2017, speculation continues to swirl around the winger’s future, leaving me to wonder how many more times he has to reiterate his loyalty towards the club before the media take the hint.
Prior to last weekend’s game against Watford, Zaha conducted a video interview in which he said, when asked about his long-term future: “Crystal Palace is my home town and the support we have here is genuine support with families watching with their kids loving us as players so I don’t really see myself anywhere else. I’m enjoying my football here and just focused on us being a stable club and not having to listen to all the speculation about us getting relegated.”
I don’t know about you but I struggle to see how the 25-year-old could have been much clearer about his future intentions, not that it stopped Ben Shepard (the host of Goals On Sunday) from asking him the same question when he appeared on the Sky Sports sofa yesterday morning.
Wilf’s answer (which can be seen above) went over the same ground as the above quote, not that it stopped the masses from claiming that he’ll still be leaving the club when the current season draws to a close. Yes, both Tottenham and Manchester City have been regularly linked with a move for him in recent months but when the man himself takes steps to to talk down any chance of a switch twice in the space of four days, you simply have no option other than to take him at his word.
Perhaps neutral fans have simply become too sceptical of professional players’ comments to accept that Zaha may in fact be telling the truth but I have no reason to believe that he is lying when he says he sees his future with us. We are insanely lucky to have a player as good as him fighting for us from week to week but alongside that, he knows that the support he receives from the stands and across social media is unconditional.
In many ways it’s a match made in heaven, not that the obvious love affair between us is likely to stop people everywhere from asking him when he plans to make a break for it.