Wilfried Zaha reiterates desire to leave Crystal Palace, insisting ‘I want to play at the highest level and win trophies to show my kids’ having previously attracted heavy interest from Arsenal and Everton
- Wilfried Zaha has previously expressed his ambitions to play at the highest level
- Zaha has been involved with Palace’s first team for nine years over two spells
- The winger has been heavily linked with Arsenal and Everton previously
- Now he has admitted he is open to ‘opportunities’ away from Selhurst Park
Wilfried Zaha has again made it clear that he is open to a move away from Crystal Palace as he wants to ‘play at the highest level’.
In May 2019, the winger told Palace before that summer transfer window that he wanted to leave in search of Champions League football, and he came ever so close to departing with both Arsenal and Everton heavily interested.
But a move failed to materialise as Palace stayed firm over their £80million price tag, and Zaha has continued to get on with his job professionally at Selhurst Park where he has spent nine years with the first team across two separate spells.
It is no secret that Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha wants to be playing at the highest level
The Ivory Coast international has established himself as arguably the best player outside the Premier League’s Big Six.
And with lofty ambitions of his own, Zaha has reiterated his transfer stance as he goes in search of winning the biggest trophies.
‘I have been at Palace since I was eight,’ Zaha said at the Financial Times‘ Business of Football summit. ‘I have given my all to the club. I am very ambitious. Everyone knows that.
‘I will always give 150 per cent to Crystal Palace but I’ll always be ambitious. If there are opportunities I will have a look at them.
‘I want to play at the highest level and win trophies to show my kids.’
Zaha did get a big move away from Palace back in 2013 when he joined Manchester United for £15m but a lack of opportunities derailed his Old Trafford career before he returned to Selhurst Park on loan initially prior to signing permanently.
Zaha has emerged as arguably the best player outside the Premier League’s so-called top six
But he will be hoping this summer he will finally get his wish and the chance to compete in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Zaha has been out injured recently with a hamstring problem but he has given Palace a huge boost ahead of their crunch clash with rivals Brighton on Monday night in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old has returned to individual training after being forced off injured during Palace’s win at Newcastle earlier on February 2.
The Eagles have lost their last two matches and his return to the first-team fold can’t come quickly enough. But Roy Hodgson was wary of putting a timescale on Zaha’s return despite his star man posting a video on Instagram of him training with a ball at his feet on Thursday.
‘[Wilf Zaha] is still suffering from the injury, there’s no question of that,’ said Hodgson. ‘The doctors in particular and physios are very anxious to not put dates on people so they’d be very angry with me if I suggested dates he could return.
‘He’s working very hard to get back as soon as he can. I’m rather hoping the prognosis will be different to the actual timescale.’
Palace boss Roy Hodgson has been without his star man recently due to a hamstring injury