Despite plenty of previous warnings, it seems as though both Liverpool and Tottenham are still intent on pursuing a deal for Crystal Palace talisman, prompting the Eagles’ assistant manager Ray Lewington to issue yet another unequivocal hands-off warning when appearing on TalkSPORT yesterday morning.
Zaha signed a bumper five-year contract extension just last summer but the club are reportedly preparing fresh terms for him in the wake of the intense interest he is generating from across the Premier League. To Wilfried’s credit, he has come out personally on numerous occasions to rubbish talk of him leaving Selhurst Park but given the way the sporting media operates in 2018, it’s done next to nothing to quieten chatter over his potential departure.
When speaking to TalkSPORT yesterday morning, Lewington reiterated Zaha’s importance to the club, highlighting the ridiculously high-esteem he is held in by the Palace fans as a key factor in our overwhelming reluctance to sell him. As we all know, if a player himself is desperate to get out, there is little his club can do to stop him but in Zaha’s case, we have a player who is more than happy to continue playing in red and blue for the foreseeable future.
The academy graduate’s proposed new deal would make him the standalone highest-paid player in SE25, cementing his position as the king of Palace’s castle whilst simultaneously acting as a warning to his many admirers as to the size of the bid necessary for those behind the scenes to even begin entertaining the idea of a sale.
The last few days have seen plenty of people on social media questioning whether or not Zaha is “worth” £60-70 million but to those inside the Palace bubble, there is absolutely no doubt over his value. The winger is the man that coaches, teammates and supporters all look towards when the chips are down, the one who we give the ball to when we’re in need of a moment of magic; to part with that would almost certainly wreak tactical havoc for us in the first few months of the 2018/19 season, regardless of the sum we receive as compensation.
Let’s hope the new contract we’re offering him is signed and sealed before too long.