Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Browett has insisted that talented youngster Wilfried Zaha is not for sale.
The skilful attacker has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, who are reported to have identified the prospect as a potential replacement for Theo Walcott, who may leave north London after his contract expires next summer.
With Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City all linked with a move for Zaha in the press of late also, it looked as though the Championship side could lose their prize asset.
However, Browett has eased fans’ worries by stating that the Eagles would not consider selling Zaha to one of the Premier League big boys.
“I can assure you that Wilfried is not ‘for sale’,” the chief commented on a fan’s forum, published in The Guardian.
“We hope that he’ll be playing Premier League football next season. For us. Even if that doesn’t happen, he’s only 19 and still learning his trade in surroundings where he is comfortable and happy. He’s on a five-year contract and we really don’t need the money.
“The four of us bought the club so that we could enjoy watching Palace play football, not to cash in as soon as the moneybags clubs come waving their cheque books. I hope that’s clear enough.
“PS – and if he [Zaha] keeps developing the way he has so far you’ll be reading plenty more rubbish in the Sunday papers,” he concluded.
Zaha has scored four goals in his last two games, and has represented England at under-21 level four times.
By Gareth McKnight