MANCHESTER United forward Wilfried Zaha has been tipped for greatness by England boss Roy Hodgson, but newly-promoted Crystal Palace insist they are not planning a loan move for their former star.
The 20-year-old was snapped up by the Premier League champions for £15m in January, but immediately returned to Selhurst Park on loan and helped Palace seal promotion to the top flight with victory in Monday’s play-off final at Wembley.
Zaha made his England debut in a 4-2 defeat to Sweden last November and is backed to have a bright future by Hodgson, who said yesterday: “It seems to me he is on the threshold of something big.”
However, Palace do not anticipate Zaha adding to his 143 Eagles appearances next term.
“We are certainly not thinking about loaning him back,” said chairman Steve Parish.
“Wilfried deserves his chance to go to Manchester united with a view to making it there. I think he is good enough and will figure in their first team.
“We will be planning for life without him. If he does get loaned out to another Premier League club then obviously we would want to be in the mix.”
Palace’s promotion to the Premier League is said to be worth £120m to the club, with an increase in TV revenue worth £55m alone.
And Parish plans to provide manager Ian Holloway with the necessary funds to build a team capable of escaping relegation.
“It’s a lot of money but there’s a lot of things to try to do with it, not least to try to stay in the division,” he said. “I’m already speaking to Ian and trying to plot a route to do that.”