Zaha insists he is happy at Crystal Palace despite Interest from big clubs


Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has insisted his future lies at Selhurst Park despite Manchester City and Tottenham weighing up summer moves for him.

Zaha has enjoyed a fine season despite Palace battling to avoid the drop and he is near the top of champions City’s shortlist, while Spurs are considering going back in for a player they a bid rejected for last summer.

But Zaha, who left Palace for Manchester United in 2013 before returning returning initially on loan just a year later, says he is happy in south London.

He told the club’s official website: ‘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 am 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.’

Speaking ahead of Palace’s trip to Watford on Saturday, Zaha was full of praise for Palace’s veteran manager Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson has helped Palace turn their season around after they lost their first seven matches without scoring – a run which Zaha was injured for.


Zaha added: ‘He has always had confidence in us and is always telling us that we are a good enough team but we need to produce the performances and we need to listen to what he says because he has been in this predicament before.

‘He has been in the game for so long that he has dealt with so many different type of players, he puts his arm round you when he needs to but when he has to tell you something that you are doing wrong he is not shy to do that either.

‘This is what I like about him because if a player is not doing something right you need the manager to tell them rather than it coming from another player and l like the way he does that.

‘We have talks and that is nice for because I like it when the manager puts his arm round you and makes you feel valued and that has made a difference to me.’