‘We have to wait and see’: Patrick Vieira does not want to sell Wilfried Zaha in January but is unsure if he will extend his contract which expires this summer
- Patrick Vieira admitted he did not want to sell Wilfried Zaha in January
- But they are playing the waiting game with Zaha who could leave this summer
- His contract expires in June 2023 and many big clubs could make a move for him
- It is unclear if he will sign an extension and talk to other clubs
Patrick Vieira does not want Wilfried Zaha to be sold in January but is unsure if he will extend his contract.
Rising through the ranks at Crystal Palace as a youth player, Zaha has swapped shirts between the Eagles and Manchester United in recent years, but could make his final farewell from Selhurst Park when his contract expires. expires in June.
Zaha is now free to talk to other clubs, with SportsMail understanding that Barcelona and Juventus are both interested in the possibility of signing the 30-year-old.
Patrick Vieira (left) says he does not want Wilfried Zaha to leave in the January window
Zaha’s contract expires in June 2023 and there is no certainty that he will sign an extension
But his current boss Vieira is keen to keep him at the club for at least another six months, but the former Arsenal man admits it is a waiting game to see if Zaha stays in south London when past
‘We know the situation and we want to keep him. He’s an important player for the club and he’s loved here,’ the Palace manager said ahead of their FA Cup third Round tie against Southampton.
‘We will have to wait and see what he decides. What matters is the commitment he shows in the games.’
Vieira has openly claimed the club ‘want to keep him’ but said it is now a waiting game
Zaha has featured in 16 matches for Crystal Palace this year, netting six goals for the Eagles
Although he failed to inspire his team in their 4-0 defeat at Tottenham earlier this week
Playing 446 games for the Eagles, Zaha returned an impressive 89 goals and 75 assists for the club, putting him in the bracket of one of the best goalscorers the Eagles have ever had.
Although, he failed to inspire his team in their humbling 4-0 defeat at Tottenham in midweek, his tally stands at six goals from 16 games this season.
And if Palace were to part ways with him, Vieira’s commitment to bringing ‘next level’ players to the club would certainly be broken.
Notably, Palace have already lost goalkeeper Jack Butland to Manchester United in a surprise loan move that will see the English shot stopper provide cover for David de Gea and, like Zaha, has just six months to run of his contract.