Wilfried Zaha says he is “buzzing” to have re-joined a club that he loves.
The Palace academy graduate has returned to SE25 on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United and told cpfc.co.uk he is delighted to be back at Selhurst Park, where he has “the support of the fans and the club.”
Speaking for the first time since penning the temporary contract with the Eagles, Zaha said: “I'm just buzzing to be back, to be in and around the lads again.
“There have been rumours for a while, but it was only yesterday that it got sorted out and I was happy it got sorted out ASAP because I just need to get out and play.
“The best place to come back to is Palace where I am loved.
“Speaking to my family and my agent, they knew I would be comfortable coming back here because I’ve got the support of the fans and the club.
“When I come back here I know I can just get straight back into it.”
The winger becomes new manager Neil Warnock’s first signing following his appointment as Palace boss yesterday.
And Zaha is happy to have the chance to work under the Yorkshireman, who was in charge when he was on the brink of breaking into the first team fold as a teenager in 2010.
“I’m glad to have him back because obviously he’s a great manager and I’m sure he’ll know what to do with the team,” Zaha said of his new gaffer.
“I spoke to him as well and he told me that he would guarantee me a chance – all I’ve got to do is work hard, so I am fine with that.”
Zaha’s rise through the ranks from academy starlet to England international stalled since his big-money move to Manchester United, but he believes his time at Old Trafford has been an “enormous experience,” despite the lack of minutes on the field.
“It’s a great club, but since I’ve gone up there it hasn’t gone my way really,” Zaha said.
“I haven’t really had the chance to showcase my talent or play much – that’s why I thought it would be best for me to get a loan, gain some experience and maybe go back a better player.
“It was an enormous experience and obviously the players that I have trained with and spoken to have helped me a lot like Giggsy, Robin [Van Persie] and Rooney. Speaking to people like that is always going to help me in my career.
“Robin gives me tips on how to finish and who else is better than Robin when it comes to finishing!
“Just seeing them and being with them in training I think has developed me even more.”