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Wilf Returns Home

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22:20 2nd February 2015


Crystal Palace are pleased to announce that Wilfried Zaha has rejoined the Club on a permanent deal from Manchester United.  

The 22-year-old joins on a five and a half year contract for an undisclosed fee, making his loan move from the Red Devils to Palace, agreed in August, now permanent.  

After signing his new deal, he said "I wasn't getting much game time at Manchester United so took the opportunity of coming back on loan this season and to now have the chance to make the move permenant and come home to Selhurst Park is something I’m delighted about."

Zaha added, "For me to be a better player I need to play more games and having a gaffer that, I know, has great trust in me gives me the confidence I need to help me improve my game". 

Wilfried says that the move back to SE25 really does give him a special feeling to be coming home.  "I started playing here when I was eight years of age and my family live local and to have the opportunity to take the field in the Premier League for this club is a dream come true."
 
Having been with the club’s academy since the age of 12 Zaha progressed through the Eagles' ranks and made his first-team debut in 2010 in a Championship clash with Cardiff City. The winger went on to establish himself in the side and become one of the league's stand-out performers, winning his first England cap in November 2012 in a friendly against Sweden.

That form prompted Manchester United to sign him in January 2013 for an initial fee of £10 million, but Zaha remained on loan at Palace until the end of the season, playing his part in helping Palace gain promotion to the top flight via the play-offs. 

The following season saw him loaned out to Cardiff City by Manchester United in January 2014, and at the start of this season he returned to Selhurst Park on a season long loan, making 19 appearances for the club so far this campaign.


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