Parish reveals reasons for Zaha stance

Crystal Palace had to keep hold of Wilfried Zaha after already losing Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak, chairman Steve Parish has said.

Crystal Palace: Parish reveals reasons for Zaha stanceCrystal Palace: Parish reveals reasons for Zaha stance

Winger Zaha was the subject of interest from Spurs on Monday but Parish quickly made it clear the club would not be selling the former Manchester United man in the transfer window.

Overall Palace had a busy summer, signing Christian Benteke in a high-profile move from Liverpool, while Steve Mandanda, Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Loic Remy also joined the Eagles.

Yannick Bolasie left for Everton in a £25million deal, while long-serving club captain Mile Jedinak moved to Aston Villa, and Parish says it was paramount they kept Zaha in light of those departures.

“Losing Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak was a big loss, but overall we had a positive market,” he told the Times. “We didn’t score enough last year and with Loic Remy and Christian Benteke, we have bought goals.

“And keeping Wilfried Zaha was like a transfer for us. Selling him would have been a bridge too far.”

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