Crystal Palace increasingly confident of Wilfried Zaha stay

A fresh insight into the plans of free agent attacker Wilfried Zaha has been provided on Friday afternoon.

The future of wide-man Zaha, of course, has long been up in the air.

This comes after the Ivorian international failed to come to an agreement on the terms of a new contract with long-time club Crystal Palace.

Zaha is understood to have been keen to seek out a move to one of European football’s heavyweight clubs, before entering the twilight years of his career.

To this point, however, such interest has simply not been forthcoming.

The 30-year-old has received a quartet of contract proposals, but these have come by way of Lazio, Fenerbahce, Al-Nassr, and the aforementioned Palace.

And, if the latest word stemming from the media on Friday is anything to go by, then the latter of these sides appear to be increasingly confident of striking a deal to bring Zaha back to Selhurst Park.

As per a report from the reliable Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard, among others:

‘The lack of offers from ‘Big Six’ or truly elite Champions League clubs has left Palace confident about retaining their star winger.’

The Eagles’ current proposal of £200,000-per-week is 2nd only to that of Saudi giants Al-Nassr, but with Zaha reluctant to uproot his young family for the Middle East, a return to south London could well be on the cards with a view to next season.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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