Tottenham are believed to have placed a £15 million bid for Wilfried Zaha earlier this week, which was rejected by Palace chairman, Steve Parish.
Crystal Palace Chairman, Steve Parish, has confirmed that Palace rejected Tottenham’s approach for Wilfried Zaha, and insisted that the winger is not up for sale.
The offer that Tottenham placed was worth £12 million, but included £2 million in add-ons.
However, Parish is certain that Zaha is worth much more than that, and unless a much larger offer is received, the England winger will not leave the club this summer.
“We had a bid from Spurs but £12m – it’s ridiculous. I can’t imagine that they’re serious,” Parish told TalkSport.
“There’s no chance whatsoever of Wilfried Zaha leaving the club in this transfer window. I can absolutely reassure every Palace fan he is an integral part of our plans. We’ve told Spurs that there is really no point bidding for him because he is going nowhere – 100% guaranteed.”
The Guardian report that Alan Pardew is also keen on offering the 23-year-old a new contract, but the winger is not open to contract talks at the moment.
Zaha himself is believed to be tempted by the prospect of playing in the Champions League with Tottenham, but Parish is determined to hold on to the former Manchester United player.
Steve Parish also mentioned about how people see Wilfried Zaha as ‘the next Ronaldo’ and that Palace do not want to let such a prospect leave the club.
“I was told that the manager there [at Tottenham] thinks he’s the next Ronaldo. Well, I’d like to get the next Ronaldo for £12m. We need to convince Wilfried that Palace is the right place for him and he can succeed here.”
Wilfried Zaha began his football career with Crystal Palace, but was sold to Manchester United in 2013, and was one of the last signings made by Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, the youngster couldn’t break into the United first-team squad, and was later loaned back to Crystal Palace after less than a season at Manchester United.
United then loaned the winger to Cardiff, and later sold Zaha back to Crystal Palace for a fee of around £3 million.