The last week or so has seen speculation over Wilfried Zaha’s Crystal Palace future reach fever pitch, with The Sun, The Mirror and The Times publishing pieces which suggested that the winger was on his way out of Selhurst Park, all of which featured no quotes from the man himself.
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Thankfully, the 25-year-old is never shy of talking to fans when approached and as such, had a chat with one inquisitive supporter about the source of the rumours following our 3-1 pre-season victory over Oxford on Saturday. As you would expect, he laughed off the stories immediately, asking why everyone was suddenly assuming he was going.
Of course, fans are always going to ask questions when stories regarding their star player appear on the back page of a national daily newspaper but in reality, we can only take Wilf’s word for it until something concrete comes out to the contrary. Every piece regarding him “asking to leave” featured no quotes and named no direct sources for the information, leaving us at something of a dead end information wise.
The club themselves have remained adamant that Zaha is not for sale throughout the summer and show no signs of altering that stance as things stand. With time running out and pre-season ramping up in importance from day to day, the smart money is on Wilfried staying in SE25 for at least a few more months, given his obvious importance to the team as their attacking talisman.
Would we have risked him in a pre-season game such as last weekend’s if he was set to make a £70 million move? It’s highly unlikely. Factor in his kisses to the crowd in the celebrations for his goal and it hardly paints a picture of a man straining to make it to the exit door.
Thanks to Mahrez’s move from Leicester to Manchester City, Wilfried Zaha is now arguably the best player operating outside the top six. With that in mind, the media are always likely to link him with moves away but if his own words are anything to go by, he’s not planning on waving goodbye.