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Zaha keen to look at ‘opportunities’ away from Palace to fulfil his trophy winning ambitions

Wilfried Zaha says he is keen to look at ‘opportunities’ away from Crystal Palace in order to fulfil his ambitions of playing at the highest level and winning trophies.

Zaha came through the academy system at Crystal Palace before leaving for Manchester United in a high-profile deal as a teenager, though the move failed to work out and returned to Selhurst Park on a permanent basis after struggling for opportunities.

The Ivorian has since established himself as one of the best players in the club’s modern history and has been routinely linked with a move away from the Eagles, with Arsenal and Everton understood to have expressed an interest in signing the winger in 2019.

Zaha has now discussed his future and says he wants to test himself at a higher level, insisting he has given his ‘all’ to the club throughout his time with Palace but is keen to fulfil his ambitions of winning major silverware.

“It’s not really a difficult balance for me,” Zaha told the FT Business of Football Summit.

“I’ve been at Palace since I was eight and I have given my all to the club. Nobody can tell me I haven’t. I give 150 per cent every single game I put that Palace shirt on.

“It might come across like I’m angry and mad but that’s the passion flowing through me. I might get in your face and make you annoyed because I want to win

“But the thing is, I’m ambitious, very ambitious.

“I have always wanted to play at the top level and win trophies and have the opportunity to show the medals to my kids and say ‘daddy’s won this and that’.

“So I will always give my 100% to the club but I’m ambitious and if there are opportunities I will have a look at them.”

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