Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has signed a new five-year contract with the club. The former Manchester United player has found a home a Selhurst Park. The venue has seen the winger develop into a top-rated player in the Premier League and the Eagles’ on-pitch leader.
Crystal Palace news: Former Manchester United winger signs new five-year contract
Zaha had been linked with a move to Arsenal, Tottenham, and Chelsea during the summer transfer window. However, Crystal Palace held onto the winger and have now inked him to a brand-new deal.
After the deal was officially announced, Zaha expressed his joy over signing a new contract.
“I just wanted to get it over and done with, so I can focus on the season,” Zaha told Crystal Palace’s website.
“I’m buzzing that we managed to get it sorted.”
The winger’s new deal will run until 2023 and will keep him at Selhurst Park well int his prime.
The former Manchester United winger joined the Old Trafford club in 2013. The move followed four successful seasons with Crystal Palace in the EFL Championship. Zaha made only four appearances for the Red Devils with just two coming in the Premier League.
Despite reports of Zaha leaving Selhurst Park during the summer, Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish claimed the winger was never set to go. Parish also expressed his happiness with the deal during an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.
“It’s the last piece of the jigsaw in the transfer window,” Parish said.
“One of the important things for Wilfried is that we can compete at this level. It’s important that he stays, but we have to put a team around him.”
According to Spotrac.com, Zaha earned £100,000-a-week prior to the season’s kickoff. The weekly salary made him the second highest earner at Selhurst Park. There are no reports on Zaha’s improved salary currently.
Zaha Fantasy Premier League impact
Despite scoring a goal and completing 90 minutes in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over Fulham, Zaha only registered five Fantasy Premier League points. His yellow card took points away from FPL managers. Crystal Palace play Liverpool on Monday, which may influence managers to remove Zaha from their squads.