Zaha blasts critics after summer of transfer speculation

Crystal Palace attacker Wilfred Zaha has hit back at those who criticised him for supposedly trying to engineer a move away from Selhurst Park this summer.

The Ivory Coast international was heavily linked with a £75 million move to Chelsea or Spurs, although neither team firmed up their interest and made a concrete bid.

Zaha started the season in top form at the weekend, underlining his importance to the Eagles by scoring the deciding goal in his sides 2-0 victory away to Premier League new boys Fulham.

Speaking after Saturday’s game, the 25-year-old winger insisted that he has not been affected by the speculation surrounding his future and revealed that he is currently in negotiations with Palace about signing a new and improved contract.

“It makes no difference to me, because I had my head down anyway,” Zaha told Sky Sports.

“All that stuff was not going to affect me or how the team were playing. Whatever happens happens. But I’m all Palace – and you can see on the pitch that all I think about is the team doing well.

“We are still speaking about (a potential new contract), still negotiating, whatever. Just going to see if we can come to an agreement.

“The main thing for me is scoring goals. Everyone talks about ‘no end product, no end product’. Well, tell me now.”

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