Wilfried Zaha Calls Crystal Palace Transfer Truce After ‘Players Held Training Ground Meeting’

Want-away Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha was reportedly called to a meeting organised by his teammates after he was denied a move away from the club during the transfer window.

The 26-year-old revealed his intentions to move on from Palace at the start of the summer, and was strongly linked with a transfer to Arsenal or Everton.

But chairman Steve Parish rejected several bids for the player, leaving Zaha furious that he was being denied a move having served the club so well for so many years.

He was sent home from training by manager Roy Hodgson on transfer deadline day last Thursday, with Hodgson claiming his head “was not right”, but when he returned on Friday his teammates decided to take action.

According to the Sun  defender Mamadou Sakho organised a gathering with all the players in which they discussed Zaha’s failed move.

Sakho allegedly ordered Zaha to put in 100 per cent commitment until at least the opening of the transfer window in January, and by the end of the summit Zaha had agreed to forget about a move at least temporarily and focus solely on Palace.


As a result he was included in the squad for Palace’s opening day 0-0 draw with Everton and came on as a second-half substitute to a rapturous reception from Eagles supporters.

Whilst Zaha is almost certainly still disappointed to have not been granted a transfer he will surely now turn his attentions back to matters on the pitch, and is likely to be named in the starting 11 for Palace’s next game away against newly-promoted Sheffield United on Sunday.

Hodgson will be desperately hoping that the winger can repeat his form of last season, where Zaha’s ten goals and five assists helped Palace to a safe 12th place finish in the Premier League.


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