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“Of course” – Patrick Vieira wants Wilfried Zaha to finish his career at Crystal Palace

Patrick Vieira has admitted that he would “of course” like to see Wilfried Zaha see out the rest of his career at Crystal Palace.

The 29-year-old has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season under the French World Cup winner, and Zaha is just one goal away from his most productive campaign in front of goal for the Eagles.

Zaha’s five-year contract extension that he signed in 2018 is set to expire at the end of next season. 

The Ivorian international has made over 400 appearances for Palace and is their fourth all-time record appearance holder.

When asked if he wanted Zaha to stay at Palace for the rest of his career, Vieira said: “Of course, of course. I believe Wilfried is an important player for the team and for the football club – he is a really good inspiration for the young players that we have. 

“He knows this club better than anybody else, and when he is performing like that, you know you only want to keep your best players – he is one of them.”

After the emphatic 3-0 win against Arsenal at Selhurst Park, in which Zaha scored the third of the evening, he said that his side should not be worried when coming up against the big Premier League teams due to the quality they possess in their own ranks.

When asked about Zaha’s post-match comment, Vieira said: “That is a really strong quote by Wilfried. 

“He is one of those players who has a strong personality, has experience, and has a lot to give to the squad, especially to the young players. 

“It is about the quality and the determination and how much you are prepared to fight on the pitch as well. 

“It is really important for him to come and express that kind of quote – this is the truth. 

“We want to compete against any team, and on the field, we are 11 against 11 and of course, there are teams who have a really good squad, but we can compete. And this is what we want to do. To compete against those teams.”


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