Steve Parish has promised to deliver Chelsea target Wilfried Zaha the ‘happy ending’ he desires — by allowing him to leave for the right price.
Zaha was in the headlines over the summer transfer window for all the right reasons, as some of the biggest clubs in the game showed an interest in the wingers signature after another impressive campaign for Palace.
However, despite admitting on numerous occasions that he is interested in a big move, Palace stuck a massive price tag on the head of the winger and nobody wanted to pay the massive £80 million price tag that was placed on the winger.
But the Crystal Palace chairman is insistent that he must first find a replacement for the 26-year-old winger and suggested he will not stand in his way any longer if the price is right.
‘I’m sure it has a happy ending for everybody,’ said Parish on the TalkSport website. ‘That’s what I want to generate and I’m sure we’ll make that happen.
‘We’ve all been young, but the situation was not right for anybody this summer. You think at the time it is, but I wouldn’t put a cap on this kid’s talent.
‘I’ve watched him every week for 10 years, he scored the first goal in the first game after we bought the club when he was 16. So there’s even a bit of me that wants to see what he can do at a top club, and I certainly wouldn’t want to be the person who stopped that.
‘I feel he deserves to get there, I hope it happens and sometimes it mystifies me he’s not up there already. I don’t know what he’s got to do — run the length of the pitch and beat four players? If people stood in my shoes having to replace him, trying to find someone in world football to do what he does, they would know.
‘We’re lucky to have him. But if that top club comes along and the money’s right, he’s an extraordinary talent and it’s going to be very difficult for us.’
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has handed Chelsea a boost in their chase for Christian Eriksen, admitting he will stay if he does not leave before the game against Arsenal.
Eriksen has become a vital part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side over the past few seasons and is one of the creative reasons why they score so many goals throughout the course of the season, but there has been speculation that he could leave the club.