Crystal Palace star Andros Townsend has moved to shoot down rumours of an alleged ‘sensational players’ meeting’ amongst the Eagles’ stars, after Wilfried Zaha failed to secure a move away from the club.
Zaha stays put
Speculation surrounding the future of Palace star man Zaha proved one of the talking points of the summer.
On the back of a superb individual campaign last time out, during which the Ivorian international notched 10 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League, Zaha was hotly-tipped for a Selhurst Park departure.
First off, Unai Emery’s Arsenal were known to have set their sights on the explosive attacker, though the Gunners were later forced to turn their attentions to Nicolas Pepe, amid Palace’s hefty demands.
This came despite Zaha himself having made it clear to his club that he was ready to take the next step in his career:
Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club when he returns from the African Cup of Nations, according to Sky sources.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 18, 2019
Another Premier League outfit, in the form of Everton, then emerged as surprise front-runners in the race for the 26-year-old.
But a transfer again failed to come to fruition, as the board at Selhurst continued to stand firm in the face of lucrative proposals.
Following the close of the English transfer window last week, Palace boss Roy Hodgson then hinted that Zaha had been left unsettled by the entire saga.
This was followed by further reports that the former Manchester United man had set his sights on a move to the continent.
Townsend targets Sun
And the latest ‘update’ on the situation emerged in the English media yesterday afternoon. The Sun ran an exclusive, claiming that Mamadou Sakho had called a players-only meeting amongst the club’s squad, to hash out any remaining issues:
‘The French defender demanded 100 per cent commitment from Zaha until the January transfer window opens.’
‘And it led to Zaha agreeing to put his differences with Palace’s hierachy to one side.’
Another of Palace’s stars, however, has today moved to call out the Sun for ‘fake news’.
In a post on the 28-year-old’s Twitter account, Andros Townsend assured that the rumoured Sakho-led meeting ‘categorically didn’t happen’:
— Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) August 13, 2019