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Zaha will leave but not this summer - Palace chairman

Zaha handed in a transfer request on deadline day. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish will let Wilfried Zaha leave the club in the next transfer window as he believes the forward deserves to play for a bigger club.

The 26-year-old wanted to push through a move to Everton this summer but Parish believes Zaha can do better and will let him go to the right club if he can find a replacement.

"I'm sure it has a happy ending for everybody," Parish said in the Daily Mail. "That's what I want to generate and I'm sure we'll make that happen.

"We've all been young, but the situation was not right for anybody this summer. You think at the time it is, but I wouldn't put a cap on this kid's talent.

"I've watched him every week for 10 years, he scored the goal in the first game after we bought the club when he was 16.

"So there's even a bit of me that wants to see what he can do at a top club, and I certainly wouldn't want to be the person who stopped that."

Zaha came through the ranks at Palace, making his debut in 2010. He joined Manchester United in 2013 but struggled to break into the first team at Old Trafford and returned to Selhurst Park, initially on loan, before rejoining on a permanent deal in 2015.

The Ivory Coast international signed a contract extension last summer which ties him to Palace until the summer of 2023.


Manchester United make progress in Wan Bissaka talks

Wan Bissaka impressed in defence for Crystal Palace last season Credit: PA

Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka's big-money switch to Manchester United is edging closer it is understood.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are looking to kick-start their summer rebuild by signing the talented 21-year-old right-back, having so far only brought in Daniel James from Swansea.

Sources across the media understand progress was made during talks between United and Palace on Tuesday as Wan-Bissaka closes in on a move to the northwest.


Crystal Palace announce Speroni exit

Long-serving goalkeeper Julian Speroni will leave Crystal Palace at the end of this season when his contract expires. Credit: PA

Long-serving goalkeeper Julian Speroni will leave Crystal Palace at the end of this season when his contract expires.

Palace announced on Thursday the 39-year-old Argentinian, who joined the Eagles in 2004, would not be offered a new deal.

Speroni has made 405 appearance for Palace, the most for any goalkeeper in the club's history, with a record 112 clean sheets.

The veteran has featured just twice for Roy Hodgson's side this season, in the 4-3 Premier League defeat at Liverpool and the 2-0 FA Cup win over Tottenham.

Palace chairman Steve Parish told the club's website: "Julian has devoted the best 15 years of his playing career to our club, and will go down in the record books - but perhaps more importantly, will be remembered as a true club legend by all Palace fans and everyone at the club.

"You just don't get many people like Julian in elite football any more - he is a model professional, ultra-committed, immensely loyal, and has set impeccable standards to his team-mates down the years.

"His contribution to this club cannot be overstated, and we will be eternally grateful for his service."

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