Wilfried Zaha has informed the Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club this summer to achieve his ambition to play in the Champions League next season.
According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old met with Palace President Steve Parish just after the conclusion of the Premier League season to express his desire to move on. Many clubs have been linked to the Ivorian international over the past two seasons, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Spurs and Borussia Dortmund. Palace will be extremely reluctant to part with its talisman, especially after accepting a record-breaking five-year deal of £ 130,000 per club last summer, but ready to receive offers. Champions league is such an event that every player wants to play in it and on the other hand, football lovers want to witness the whole tournament and have bought their tickets for the Champions League final.
Given the remaining length of Zaha’s deal at Selhurst Park and its importance to Roy Hodgson’s team, Palace has valued Zaha at £ 80m and plans to reinvest it in two or three players. The Mail report also suggests that if Zaha was allowed to leave Palace, it would have repercussions on the future of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the right-back seeming to interest Manchester United. If Zaha leaves, it is unlikely that Palace will also sanction the sale of Wan-Bissaka unless he receives huge fees. “I’m too ambitious, and not ambitious just to play for a big club, but to win things at club level and with Ivory Coast,” Zaha told the Daily Mail last month the experience of the Champions League, I just need the opportunity, that’s all, and I’ll do the rest. ”
Zaha’s desire to play in the Champions League could rule out a return to Old Trafford, where he has already had a disappointing career, as well as Arsenal’s potential to beat Chelsea in the Europa League final to qualify. In terms of goals, Zaha was the best of the season in the Premier League, scoring ten times in 34 appearances and recording five assists.