Crystal Palace chief Steve Parish outlines transfer stance on Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has insisted that any transfer deal involving Wilfried Zaha “has to be right for the club”.

The Ivory Coast international has once again been linked with an exit.

Zaha has made 357 appearances and scored 60 goals for the Eagles across four stints at Selhurst Park. But he has repeatedly stated his desire to play for a club competing for trophies.

“We understand his position,” Parish told BBC Sport. “It’s no secret that he would like to challenge himself. But it has to be right for the football club. He understands that as well.

“If those two things collide then we will have to look at it. But right now, we are two days into the transfer window, so it’s a bit early to talk about it.”

The 28-year-old made his Palace debut in 2010, which coincided with Parish taking over at the club.

Parish said: “He scored the first goal in the first game when we bought the club. He’s continued to excel for us – best season ever with goals and assist tally last season.

“[He] continues to be an incredible talisman for the team. Obviously, there is lots of talk about transfers and all that kind of thing.

“All I know is that when he crosses the white line for Crystal Palace he gives 100 per cent. Everything else, what will be will be.

“There’s a lot of love around the club for Wilfried and everything he has done for us as a football club.”



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