Zaha – Crystal Palace talisman signs a new long-term contract

Zaha - Crystal Palace talisman signs a new long-term contract

Crystal Palace have announced that Wilfried Zaha has signed a long-term contract extension with the club.

This 5-year deal will see the Ivory Coast international remain in the Premier League side until the end of the 2022/23 season. 

Palace chairman Steve Parish admitted his pleasure at Zaha‘s contract extension, calling the deal “the final piece of the jigsaw”.

Speaking to Palace TV, he said: “It’s absolutely fantastic for the football club. We’re all so committed this year to giving it our best shot, and this is the final piece of the jigsaw.

“It’s nice to put all those stories to bed – stories that we knew weren’t true and were just rumour mongering. Wilfried the player that we’ve seen all summer has done everything properly and right.”

Wilfred Zaha has been at the South London side since the age of 12 having advanced through the club’s academy to now as the club’s joint-highest Premier League scorer of all-time, alongside Chris Armstrong, after his goal against Fulham on the opening match of the season.

Chairman Steve Parish added: “Wilf grew up a stone’s throw from Selhurst Park from the age of four, and has been with the club since he was 12. This agreement is yet another example of his lifelong commitment to the club and our commitment to him. This is an amazing day for everyone here at Palace, our supporters and of course, Wilf [Zaha] – and is richly deserved.”

The Ivorian winger has made 288 appearances for the club since, scoring 44 goals, helping his team achieve, and later consolidate Premier League football.

Wilfred Zaha has been the recipient of the club’s Player of the Year award for each of the past 3 seasons. His scintillating performances last season saw him finish the season with a career-high 9 Premier League goals, due to which he has been rewarded a new contract with his boyhood team.

After signing the contract, Zaha said: “I’m very pleased. Obviously, I just wanted to get it over and done with, so I can just focus on the season. I’m buzzing that we managed to get it sorted.”

Kouyate – Crystal Palace sign Senegal skipper from West Ham United

Kouyate - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

The Senegalese midfielder signed a 4-year-contract with Crystal Palace.

Kouyate made 129 Premier League appearances, scoring 12 goals in that time for West Ham in four seasons since his move from Anderlecht in the summer of 2014. 

The 28-year-old captained his nation at the World Cup and has earned 42 caps since his debut in 2012. Kouyate has also participated in the 2012 Olympics, two Africa Cup of Nations and this summer’s World Cup, where he played in all three of his side’s group games. Kouyate has played for FC Brussels, Kortrijk and Anderlecht earlier in his career, winning 4 league titles in five seasons with the latter.

Speaking to Palace TV, Kouyate said: I’m so happy. It’s been a long day but now everything is good and I’m very excited to start with my new teammates.

“This is the right time to move because I needed a new challenge. I have good memories of West Ham but I need to come here and give my best because I like the Crystal Palace project.

“I spoke to the manager and I know he’ll be a good manager. I also spoke to Pape Souare yesterday and he told me I had to come and now I’m here and I’m very happy.

“I also spoke to Pape Souare and he told me I had to come. Now I’m here and I’m very happy!”

Kouyate becomes the second signing by Palace senior squad, joining goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. Roy Hodgson is also close to signing another midfielder soon in Max Meyer as well as forward Jordan Ayew from Swansea. The former Schalke youngster is reportedly awaiting international clearance before completing his free transfer.

Meyer was banished from training for the remainder of Schalke’s season as he ran down the remainder his agreement without playing again for the Bundesliga side.