Contract extension: Fresh blow for Tottenham in reported pursuit of 24-year-old Poch favourite
By Matt Bullin
Tottenham’s efforts to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha have been dealt a fresh blow after it was revealed that he has a four-year contract at the club.
It was previously thought that the Ivorian had a contract tying him to Selhurst Park until 2020, but chairman Steve Parish has revealed he signed an extension last summer.
Palace are also preparing to open talks with him over a new deal and will offer him a £100,000 a week deal to make him the club’s top earner according to the Evening Standard.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Parish said: “[Zaha] has got four years left to run on his contract.
“I have no reason to believe he will not be here next season. Everyone wants Wilfried to stay. I want him to stay. He says he wants to stay.”
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The club had to ward off interest from Man City last summer, and are are bracing themselves for several offers this summer, from the likes of Tottenham.
This came after the Mirror claimed that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was a big admirer of the 24-year-old, and that the club was confident they’d land their man this summer.
Zaha has six goals and 11 assists in 32 Premier League appearances this term.
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Palace fans will be buoyed by the news they could hold onto their star man for another few years. The news of a contract extension is a further blow to Spurs’ chances of signing him as well. The extension means that Palace can inflate his price even further, and with no mention of a release clause, they can push Spurs as high as they want. Daniel Levy may well be put off by the recent news and look to make his summer investments elsewhere.
In other Tottenham transfer news, this 28-year-old star has demanded a release clause in his new contract.