Transfer talks: Zaha ends transfer speculation, commits to Crystal palace

The former Manchester United winger has been linked to Tottenham and Chelsea, but has now pledged his future with the side of Roy Hodgson.

Wilfried Zaha has put an end to speculation about his future by signing an extension contract with Crystal Palace.

The Ivory Coast international has committed his future to the Selhurst Park team for the next five seasons, with his current contract now running until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.

He had been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham or Chelsea during the summer, but now it seems he will stay with his childhood club for the predictable future.

Zaha has scored 44 goals in 288 appearances for Palace since making his 2010 club debut and kicked off his season with the best possible start with a goal in his team’s 2-0 win against Fulham in their first game of the season.

“I’m very happy, obviously, I just wanted to get it over and done with, so I can focus on the season,” the 25-year-old said in a club statement.

“I’m buzzing that we managed to fix it.”

President Steve Parrish added: “Wilf grew up very close to Selhurst Park since he was four, and has been with the club since he was 12. This agreement is another example of his lifelong commitment to the club and our commitment to him.

“This is an incredible day for everyone here at Palace, our supporters and, of course, Wilf, and it is well deserved.”

Zaha, who spent a season at Manchester United in 2013-14 before returning to Palace, has been seriously tipped with a departure from Roy Hodgson’s team for some time given his excellent form in the past 12 months.

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He scored a career-best nine goals in the Premier League in 2017-18 and seems destined to partner with Christian Benteke in a more central role in the future.

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