Wilfried Zaha leaving transfer door open at Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha has refused to rule out a permanent deal at Crystal Palace but acknowledges that his future rests in the hands of Manchester United.

Wilfried Zaha has told the Croydon Advertiser that he would be willing to consider a permanent transfer to Crystal Palace.

The England international returned to Selhurst Park last summer on a season-long loan agreement.

He was snapped up by Manchester United in 2013, with a deal agreed in the January before a move was made in the summer.

Zaha was, however, unable to force his way into the Red Devils first-team picture under David Moyes and ended up spending the second-half of last season on loan at Cardiff City.

He remained on the fringes of the United fold following the appointment of Louis van Gaal and once again found himself on the move.

A return to Palace – the club that nurtured him through their academy ranks – has been embraced and Zaha admits that a prolonged stay would appeal further down the line.

He told the Croydon Advertiser: "I don’t know (if I will stay permanently), it’s something I can’t answer right now. I am just on loan. Coming back to Palace would be great but that’s in the future so I’ll decide then.

"I am happy to be back and in and around family. They come to most of the games and I get to go back home and analyse games."

  Goal AssistTotal Att AssistTotal CrossAccurate CrossTotal ContestTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Wilfried Zaha 1 6 47 12 79 408 15 751

Zaha has started to look more like his old self in recent weeks.

He has had to rebuild his confidence and adjust to the demands of playing regularly in the Premier League.

Palace are, however, hoping that they can help the 22-year-old to rediscover the form which helped to fire them to promotion in 2012/13, with the issue of his future something that can be addressed at a later date.

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