Palace coup as Zaha signs five-year deal

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Crys­tal Palace “tal­is­man” Wil­fried Zaha has signed a five-year con­tract ex­ten­sion, the club said on Thurs­day, af­ter they avoided rel­e­ga­tion to en­sure a fifth straight sea­son in the Pre­mier League.

Zaha’s new deal comes two days af­ter man­ager Sam Al­lardyce, who guided Palace to the safety of 14th af­ter tak­ing over mid-sea­son, quit the club on Tues­day.

Zaha, who passed up an Eng­land ca­reer to play for Ivory Coast, has made 258 ap­pear­ances in two spells with Palace, ei­ther side of an ill-fated move to Manch­ester United.

The 24-year-old has scored 34 goals for the Lon­don club and was named their player of the year for the past two sea­sons.

“Palace is in my heart and I don’t think the story is over,” Zaha said in a state­ment.

“I spoke with (chair­man Steve Par­ish) and I think I still have more to give this club. The sup­port­ers have been amaz­ing and I want us to do more than just stay in the league next year.”

Par­ish said: “Wilf... is our tal­is­man and some­one that week in week out gives ev­ery­thing for the Red and Blue.”

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