Wilfried Zaha ‘fully focused on Crystal Palace… but will get big transfer eventually’, says Eagles teammate An

Andros Townsend admits it’s only a matter of time before Wilfried Zaha leaves Crystal Palace for a bigger club.

But the Eagles winger has told talkSPORT he hopes his teammate will stay beyond the close of the upcoming summer transfer window.

The Ivory Coast forward was strongly linked with an exit last summer, and it was no secret he was keen on leaving Selhurst Park to take his career to the next level.

Wilfried Zaha has three goals and five assists for Crystal Palace this season, but he is more important than his goal output shows

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Wilfried Zaha has three goals and five assists for Crystal Palace this season, but he is more important than his goal output shows

Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton were all linked with an interest in the 27-year-old, but he ended up staying in south London after Palace rejected offers from the latter two clubs.

There was plenty of speculation over his future in January too but again no move materialised, reportedly due to his £70-80m price tag.

There is little doubt suitors will come forward for Zaha again at the end of the season, however.

Following Zaha’s failed spell at Manchester United – when he made only four appearances – Townsend says his teammate and friend deserves another shot at a big club.

And while he would prefer the immensely talented attacker to stay with the Eagles, he insists nobody at Palace would hold him back if another opportunity came along.

“Eventually I think he will get his big move, and nobody at Palace would begrudge him that big move because he deserves it,” Townsend said on Wednesday’s White and Sawyer.

Andros Townsend wants his teammate Wilfried Zaha to stay at Crystal Palace but admits he deserves to play for a bigger club

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Andros Townsend wants his teammate Wilfried Zaha to stay at Crystal Palace but admits he deserves to play for a bigger club

“For me, Wilfried Zaha is the most talented player I’ve ever played with and he’s the most skilful player I’ve played with. He’s an incredible player, a world class player.

“But hopefully we’ve got his talent for longer than this season.”

Townsend also hailed Zaha’s professionalism after his failed exit last summer.

He says Zaha ‘moved on’ quickly from his transfer disappointment and is now fully focused on giving his all for his boyhood club for the remainder of the season and possibly, he hopes, beyond.

“After the window closes, Wilf moves on,” the Eagles’ no.10 added.

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“He loves Palace, he’s a Palace boy; he’s been at the club for so many years, he’s made over 350 appearances.

“Once the window is closed he’s like, ‘right, my mind is focused on Palace, I want to do as well as I can for Palace’.

“That’s the person he is.”

Watch a clip of Andros Townsend on talkSPORT above!