With Premier League survival secured, Crystal Palace’s attentions will now begin to turn to a high-stakes summer transfer window in which they could be set to lose their two best players: Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
A number of top clubs are surely circling the duo, who have both had stellar seasons at SE25, and the lure of big money and Champions League football could prove irresistible to the local lads. Without doubt, Palace have a task on their hands to keep both at Selhurst Park and captain Luka Milivojevic has sent a clear message to Steve Parish and the board.
Well, speaking about the possibility of retaining the in-demand speedsters, the Serb said:
“It is important for any team, not just for us.
“Any team is going to try and keep their best players and that is something which is on the board of the club.
“Again it is not on me but for us as a club it will be very important.
“He (Zaha) is a very good player. He is the second most successful dribbler in the Premier League and he makes people and fans excited because of his skills.”
With a new stadium development in the pipeline, the Eagles are trying to take some huge steps as a club having spent five seasons in the top flight, although the loss of Zaha, in particular, would be detrimental to their progress on the pitch.
The Ivorian, who has chalked up nine goals and eight assists this campaign, is one of the best ball-carriers in the league and his dribbling ability terrorises defences – without him, the Croydon outfit tend to be toothless.
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Obviously, if Milivojevic or the fans had any say in the retention of Zaha’s services, then the electrifying number 11 would remain a Palace player until he retired, although it’s down to Parish and the board to convince him to turn down what could be a dream move.
Will the Palace owner pull off the unthinkable and grant Milivojevic his wish, or will Zaha finally bid farewell?