‘We will do everything to keep him at the football club’: Patrick Vieira insists Crystal Palace are determined to keep hold of Wilfried Zaha after he was offered £9m-a-year by Al-Ittihad
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has insisted that the club will do everything that they can in order to keep Wilfried Zaha at the club.
Zaha has frequently been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park, and has been offered £9million a year after tax to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad.
Vieira isn’t surprised by the speculation surrounding Zaha’s future but is adamant that Palace will try their best to ensure that he stays.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Brighton, Vieira said: ‘It will be like that until the end of the season. Everybody knows we want to keep Wilfried at our football club. We will do everything to keep him at the football club.’
The attacker’s current contract at Palace is set to expire at the end of June and he is currently assessing his options.
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira says that he is determined to keep Wilfried Zaha
Vieira admits it is inevitable that there will be much speculation regarding Zaha’s future
Palace are eager to persuade Zaha to stay by offering him a contract that would see him earn £200,000-a-week in what would be their most lucrative deal ever.
So far this season Zaha has scored six goals in 21 league appearances, while he has provided two assists.
The campaign has been a struggle for Palace, who are in 12th place but are just three points above the relegation zone.
Palace star Zaha has been offered £9million-a-year after tax by Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad
Vieira’s side haven’t won any of their last eleven matches in all competitions and will be determined to change that statistic when they face Brighton away. Following that they have a daunting task on Sunday as they travel to face Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Zaha is a product of Palace’s academy and left for Manchester United in 2013 before returning to Palace, initially on loan, in 2014. In total he has made 452 appearances for the club, scoring 89 goals and providing 76 assists.
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