Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has been forced to speak about the future of Wilfried Zaha once again, after reports arose hinting that the 26-year-old may have been edging towards a big-money January move to China.
Having only put pen to paper of a five-year contract at Selhurst Park in the summer of 2018, the club had no doubt have hoped that any speculation over the winger’s future would vanish for at least 18 months but with China known as a footballing landscape where astronomical sums are thrown around at will, it’s a line of questioning Steve Parish was understandably forced to discuss.
As you would expect, the Palace chairman was bullish in his words, completely writing off any chance of Wilf making the switch, reiterating once more for those who are yet to cotton on, that Zaha remains totally committed to the cause in south London. Even if the vast figures mentioned were on offer, the chances of Palace cashing in partway through the season are always likely to be slim to none, given the damage it would do to the side’s balance as a starting XI in the immediate future.
It’s also worth remembering that Wilfried is a man who is happiest in familiar surroundings, having jumped at the chance to return “home” to Palace after his spell with Manchester United. It’s a topic he has discussed openly on a number of occasions and whilst he is now more than mature enough to consider a new domestic switch, I can’t imagine he’d ever be keen on uprooting his family and embarking on the epic changes required by moving out to China.
I dare say Steve Parish laughed at the headlines when he first saw them but even so, it’s good to have categorical confirmation on Zaha’s future so early in the January transfer window.