Zaha Return Confirmed
Crystal Palace have today confirmed the return of Wilfried Zaha on a season long loan spell.
The 21 year old signed a deal with Manchester United back in January 2013 for a reported £14million odd in what was then manager Alex Ferguson's final act before retiring, and Wilf obviously stayed with us for the remainder of that campaign on loan helping us to promotion to the Premier League.
It's fair to say with the troubles at United he's had difficulty establishing himself and he spent the second half of last season out on loan with Cardiff City, but we have now managed to bring him home once again and he becomes new manager Neil Warnock's first signing as manager second time round.
The loan will run for the entire campaign and he goes straight into the squad to potential make his re-debut this weekend against Newcastle United.
He makes his return to us now having won two England caps and whilst it hasn't been confirmed by the club, it continues to be reported that we may have a buy clause in the deal.
Speaking to Crystal Palace FC upon making his return one line stands out perfectly from Wilf.
'...the support of the fans and the club.'
Clearly something he thinks has been missing in recent times.
'I'm just buzzing to be back, to be in and around the lads again. There have been rumours for a while, but it was only yesterday that it got sorted out and I was happy it got sorted out ASAP because I just need to get out and play. The best place to come back to is Palace where I am loved. Speaking to my family and my agent, they knew I would be comfortable coming back here because I've got the support of the fans and the club.'
Of course, having almost broken into the first team properly under Warnock in his first spell with us, Zaha is also pleased to see him return because he knows what he did for him all those years ago, and he knows he returns to Selhurst now with a 'guaranteed' chance to stake his claim and then it's down to him to work hard and impress and make the most of it.
Ending his interview, whilst he admits playing time wise it hasn't gone to plan for him at United, but it's still an experience he wouldn't have changed because of training alongside the likes of Ryan Giggs, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney and even though he hasn't developed on the pitch as he would've liked - few games really - he feels he has definitely developed and learnt from training alone, and that's something he hopes to show when he gets on the pitch for us now.
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