Forward player for Premier League club Crystal Palace and the Ivorian national team, Wilfried Zaha discusses the reasons for signing a new five-year deal at Crystal Palace.
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WATCH: Wilfried Zaha discusses the reasons for signing a new five-year deal at Crystal Palace.
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After another superb season, speculation was rife that Zaha would be moving during the summer transfer window with Borussia Dortmund rumoured to be interested.
However, the Ivory Coast international soon dismissed those rumours by putting pen-to-paper on a new five-year deal with Palace and said there was no doubt in his mind that he would stay.
“There was no real rush for me to move to another team”, he told Alex Scott ahead of Sunday’s live clash with Watford on Sky Sports.
“All the speculation, I never said anything, I just kept my head down, playing football and I feel like it’s the right thing to do. I’m at home here and I’m playing football regularly, I’m enjoying my football so it was a no brainer.
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“Why do I really need to move? That’s what I thought about and I thought ‘why not stay put?’ I’m playing in the Premier League, I’m happy, I’m near my family so there was no real reason to leave.
“I feel like I’m mentally much stronger. I can deal with a lot more. With the way my career has gone, I’ve had ups and downs and I’m thankful for going through what I’ve gone through because now I’m a stronger person.
“I can deal with the media, I can deal with some of the criticism I get and still focus on what I need to do.”