WILFRIED ZAHA has reportedly told Crystal Palace he wants to quit the club to play Champions League football. The 26-year-old is believed to have m
WILFRIED ZAHA has reportedly told Crystal Palace he wants to quit the club to play Champions League football.
The 26-year-old is believed to have met Eagles chairman Steve Parish this week.
And the Daily Mail claim the winger confirmed his wish to move on from Selhurst Park.
Palace will be loathe to lose their star man and will demand at least £80m for him.
Zaha is worried that could price him out of an exit, but hopes his personal plea to Parish will help him secure a summer transfer.
He wants a quick resolution to his future and hopes to have a new club before Palace return for pre-season training.
The South London club no the impact of losing their talisman but are now believed to be resigned to the fact they cannot hold on to him.
And they intend to use the huge income on boosting Roy Hodgson’s squad by investing in three new players.
However, Zaha’s exit should mean they will refuse to sell highly-rated full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Manchester United are leading the race for the England Under-21 international along with several other Premier League big guns.
Palace know they will face a huge fan backlash if they sell both of their top performers and will fight off any interest in the 21-year-old.
Ivory Coast ace Zaha confirmed his desire to play at the top level last month, putting a number of clubs on high alert.
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He told the Mail: “I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast.
“For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies.
“I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.
“I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.”