- Wilfried Zaha has signed a new five-year contract valued at £130,000-per-week
- Tottenham and Chelsea were keen on signing the Crystal Palace forward
- The forward has repeatedly declared his desire to stay at Selhurst Park.and has been rewarded
Ivorian forward Wilfried Zaha has signed a new five-year deal at Premier League side Crystal Palace valued at about £130,000 per week, making him the Eagles highest-paid player.
According to a UK Daily Mail report, the contract extension emerged after Palace saw off the duo of Tottenham and Chelsea, who refused coughing out £70million required to prise away the former Manchester United ace from Selhurst Park.
However, despite the uncertainties surrounding his future, Zaha has repeatedly remained commitment to Palace and has been handed a new bumper deal.
“I just wanted to get it over and done with so I can focus on the season,” Zaha said moments after penning the new deal. “I'm buzzing I managed to get it sorted.
“I've always had faith in the team and the players who have come in have made us even stronger and it's nice to start off with a win.”
Reacting further Zaha took to his official Twitter handle to write: 'South London and proud. Very happy to sign a new contract with @CPFC.'
The Ivorian international is expected to see a rise of £20,000 in his weekly salary from £110,000 — which was the previous joint-highest alongside Christian Benteke — making him Eagles highest-paid player.
Club’s chief Steve Parish was excited after the forward, who returned to the club in a permanent switch in February 2015, agreed to extend his stay.
Speaking to Palace TV, Chairman Steve Parish said: “It's absolutely fantastic for the football club. We're all so committed this year to giving it our best shot, and this is the final piece of the jigsaw.
“It's nice to put all those stories to bed - stories that we knew weren't true and were just rumour mongering. Wilfried the player that we've seen all summer has done everything properly and right.
“He's shown the respect he's got for this football club, and he should be applauded for that with all the noise that was going on around him. Today, we've settled everything in terms of his long-term future, so we're absolutely ecstatic.”
Zaha’s extension means a lot to the Premier League side, who recently pulled a fast one in the transfer market after landing Germany international Max Meyer on a free.
The German’s deal at Palace is suggested to be about £170,000 per week – however, it includes bonuses, signing-on fees, agent fees and compensation to Schalke, signifying that Zaha's basic salary is now the club’s highest.
Interestingly, the Ivorian’s performance last campaign, contributed in keeping Palace in the Premier League.
Zaha netted nine and assisted another five goals which ensured that the Eagles remained in the English top-flight at the end of hostilities.
In all, the Ivorian showcased the qualities which attracted former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Zaha equally attracted offers from big clubs that include Tottenham and Chelsea, while Everton also signified an interest before opting for £40m-rated Richarlison.
Zaha has not looked back in the current season after scoring the club's season opener in the 2-0 victory over Fulham — before again confirming his desire to remain at Selhurst Park.
Zaha has already equalled Chris Armstrong's 23-year-old record for most goals in the Premier League for the club.
Responding to questions on how soon he could break the record, he said: “Hopefully Monday! It's nice to see that I've managed to reach that level and I can break it on Monday. It's nice to know all the effort I'm putting in is actually paying off.”
“It makes no difference to me, because I had my head down anyway,” he said of the speculation surrounding this future.
“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.”
Indeed, Zaha's five more seasons’ extension, plus the signings of Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham and Jordan Ayew on loan from Swansea, will gave Palace supporters a further boost after a decent summer transfers alongside a precious three points at Craven Cottage in their season opener.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that FA Cup kings Chelsea have tendered an offer of £30 million plus midfielder Danny Drinkwater to sign Ivorian forward Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, suggest reports coming out of London.
The former Manchester United ace was the Eagles star performer last term after netting nine times alongside five assists in 29 matches.
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