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Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha’s comments suggest promises were broken

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Speaking on the HLTCO podcast, Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha had some pretty revealing words to say on what happened this summer regarding his transfer wishes.

As has been well documented, the Ivory Coast international handed in a transfer request amid interest from Arsenal and Everton this summer in a bid to force an exit, and was reportedly left “devastated” when no such move materialised.

The Toffees moved on with the £34m deadline day signing of Alex Iwobi from Arsenal, while the Gunners also found an alternative in £72m man Nicolas Pepe.

Zaha has since appeared in all five of the Eagles’ Premier League games this season, but he has now hinted at the truth behind the summer saga.

What did he say?

Zaha told the HLTCO podcast: “I feel like what happened in the summer happened.

“Obviously there were things I was told that didn’t happen and I wasn’t happy about it but I feel like all I can do is just move forward now.”

Suggests promises were broken

“There were things I was told that didn’t happen” is a pretty damning statement from the Palace academy graduate and it suggests that promises were broken by the board this summer.

This suggestion can only be further reinforced by Roy Hodgson stating himself that Zaha’s “beef” was with the chairman and the owners, when reiterating that everyone at the club had a good relationship with the mercurial forward.

He said: “Everyone here has a good relationship with him. There’s not a problem with that. His beef is with the chairman and owners of the club because he’s wanted to leave and they haven’t received the offer that they think is sufficient to allow him to leave.”

The south Londoners will get to keep their prized asset until at least January now, but don’t expect this saga to come to a close anytime soon given his evident frustration at being denied a move away from Selhurst Park.

Article title: Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha’s comments suggest promises were broken

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