John Salako has warned Aaron Wan-Bissaka against moving to Manchester United, believing a move to Old Trafford this summer is ‘too early’ for the young defender.
The England U21 international has been strongly linked with a move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, with the Sun today reporting that the 21-year-old has told Palace he wants to leave the club, with a £60 million asking price having been discussed.
However, former Crystal Palace midfielder John Salako believes moving to Manchester United could hinder the youngster’s development, using the example of Wilfried Zaha who struggled after making the same move at a young age in 2013.
“You want young talent. He’s got the world at his feet,” Salako told Love Sport Radio .
“But my only concern is that we had Wilfried Zaha leave at a young age and he didn’t cope.
“He wasn’t mature enough and didn’t really settle in at Man Utd. He ended up coming back and has had the best spell of his career since he came back. He’s obviously another one linked with moving away (this summer) but I’m just a bit concerned with Aaron.”
Salako used the example of fellow full-back Nathaniel Clyne as an example Wan-Bissaka should follow, with the former Palace defender learning his trade at Selhurst Park before going on to represent Liverpool and England.
“He played 120-odd games and then went to Southampton, Liverpool, played for England and everything seemed to fall into place for him because he had that maturity. He knew his job and he was confident in himself and his game,” Salako added.
“It’s too early for Aaron. He needs another season. I’m not surprised United have come in because they could probably get him cheaper and they think they need to do something now.”
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