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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.

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

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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