Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha has long been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park, but pundit Carlton Palmer has tipped the forward to sign a new contract at the club.
During an interview with Football FanCast, Palmer was asked if a lack of concrete interest could result in the 28-year-old ending his attempts to seal a move to a more successful side, resulting in him putting pen to paper on fresh terms on a transfer at his current club.
“I could see that happening,” the ex-Leeds United player said. “Yes, I could see that happening. If you’re not going to go to a top club, then where are you going to end up?
“So, therefore, you might as well stay at a club where you’re adored, where you’re playing good football.”
Zaha has been heavily linked with the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur in the past and has openly admitted he’d like to play at a higher level, but no transfer has matialised, meaning his long-term future could lie with the south London outfit.
The Ivory Coast international has spent 11 seasons at Palace split over two spells, scoring 69 goals and providing a further 73 assists in 399 appearances and also inspired the capital club back into the Premier League in 2013.
Last season, Zaha was Palace’s top scorer with 11 strikes, his best-ever top-flight goal return, highlighting his importance to the side as they secured their Premier League status for a ninth consecutive campaign.
However, he then revealed to The Face over the summer that he wants to “win things” before he retires, throwing his future at Selhurst Park into doubt once more.
“I feel like I can have another shot at the top teams because my dream is to win things. I’m good enough to go out there and compete with the best,” Zaha claimed during the interview.
“If the opportunity came, I wouldn’t turn it down, because I feel like I deserve it. It’s so I can show my kids: ‘this is what daddy won’.”
Nevertheless, despite his comments and apparent desire to seek pastures new, no bid arrived during the recent transfer window, and he’s remained a key figure for the Eagles, playing every minute of their season so far.
Zaha has two years remaining on his contract with Palace, but the club’s supporters will surely be buzzing to learn of Palmer’s confidence that their star man may be prepared to extend his time at the club.