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Wilfried Zaha
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
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Club as Player Crystal Palace
  Manchester United
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Relationship

Agent Federico Pastorello

2019 07 01 Retrieve

[Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha would realise a childhood dream if he was to sign for Arsenal, according to the Ivory Coast star’s brother Judicael] Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they’ve given means the world to him. It’s my brother’s dream though, to play for Arsenal. Given all Wilfried has given to Palace to help them remain a PL club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he’s supported since childhood

: 2019 07 02 Alex Iwobi insists he has no intention of leaving Arsenal and welcomes the potential signings of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Carrasco in his position

2019 07 05 Retrieve

[Wilfried Zaha’s brother Judicael recently pleaded with Crystal Palace to let the winger go] Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him. It’s my brother’s dream though, to play for Arsenal. Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he’s supported since childhood

2019 07 06 Retrieve

[Wilfried Zaha has hit out at the sad and annoying speculation surrounding him at present, with a big-money transfer to Arsenal continuing to be mooted] It’s sad and annoying how anyone will just open their mouth and speak on things or situations they know absolutely nothing about. The only thing that’s on my mind right now is trying to win [AFCON]

[when asked if he would like to play for the Gunners] I don’t know. We’ll see in the future

: 2019 07 24 Arsenal are continuing their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney as they prepare to announce the signings of Dani Ceballos and William Saliba.

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[On Monday, Everton released a statement denying that they had made a second bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha] Everton Football Club categorically denies that a bid has been submitted to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha that included an increased sum plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy. Everton and Crystal Palace have a very good relationship. A bid was made over the weekend which was turned down. Both clubs agreed that that was the end of the matter

: 2019 08 08 Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson expects Wilfried Zaha to return to the club after failing to seal a transfer away from Selhurst Park. Everton saw a £70 million plus players bid for the forward rejected, while Arsenal were also interested in his services before signing Nicolas Pepe.

2019 09 21 Retrieve

[Wilfried Zaha has stressed he can’t play in every position for the club] As much as I do on the pitch, I can’t play in every position. I give 100 per cent, but there are 11 on the pitch and everyone needs to pull their weight. I do my job, but everyone else needs to do theirs

[While disappointed about his transfer limbo, Zaha has vowed that his head and heart still remain with Palace] What happened in the summer happened. There were things I was told that did not happen and I was not happy about it. But I’m still a Palace player and want to do well for the club. The fans care about your well-being and I will always love Palace - whatever happens

2019 10 08 Retrieve

[Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha admits speculation suggesting that he was an £80 million ($98m) target for Arsenal and Everton over the summer left his head all over the place] I had to put my head down and play my football. I would have been hindering my own progress by moaning and not wanting to perform properly. I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my team-mates to treat them that way. It was a thing where ‘OK, this hasn’t happened but I’ve got to get on with it’. I’ve got to prove every time that I’m the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly. Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that

[Any thoughts of moving on have been put to the back of the mind for now, with the highly-rated forward] I’m seeing how it goes. I’m a Crystal Palace player and I’m just trying to perform to the best of my ability for my club. I’m not thinking about anything else and just taking each day as it comes. The season’s gone well so far. We’ve got a lot more in us and I’m happy with the squad and everyone’s happy with where we are right now. All I can do is perform on the pitch. I’m trying to be a consistent performer on the pitch week in, week out. Last season I set myself a target of 10 goals and managed to get 10, so I was happy. Hopefully I can reach my goals again - that’s all that’s on my mind

2019 10 08b Retrieve

[Wilfried Zaha admitted that his head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season following a summer full of transfer speculation] I had to put my head down and play my football. I would have been hindering my own progress by moaning and not wanting to perform properly. I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my team-mates to treat them that way. It was a thing where ‘OK, this hasn’t happened but I’ve got to get on with it’. I’ve got to prove every time that I’m the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly. Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that

[And, despite the summer of transfer rumours, Zaha insists that he’s focused on his goals with Crystal Palace, not another chance with a big club] I’m seeing how it goes. I’m a Crystal Palace player and I’m just trying to perform to the best of my ability for my club. I’m not thinking about anything else and just taking each day as it comes. The season’s gone well so far. We’ve got a lot more in us and I’m happy with the squad and everyone’s happy with where we are right now. All I can do is perform on the pitch. I’m trying to be a consistent performer on the pitch week in, week out. Last season I set myself a target of 10 goals and managed to get 10, so I was happy. Hopefully I can reach my goals again - that’s all that’s on my mind

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[Ivory Coast international Zaha previously said he received racist abuse and death threats on social media after winning a penalty in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Arsenal last October] For all the people taking it one step further and being racist and wishing death on my family, I wish you and your families the best too. My life is still very good despite your hate

2019 10 09b Retrieve

[Wilfried Zaha has backed Ivory Coast international team-mate Nicolas Pepe to develop into a star at Arsenal] I have got nothing but faith in him, I’ve got confidence that he will produce the same thing that he did before because we both play for Ivory Coast and I’ve seen the talent he’s got, but not everyone sees it. I see the social media, I see everything and it’s a thing where he needs time. He’s come from another league, he’s young. There’s this price tag that he has not put on himself, people have put that on him because of his performances, so you’ve got to give him time for him to reproduce that, it’s not going to come like that

2019 10 19 Retrieve

[Wilfried Zaha admitted his performances at the start of the season weren’t good enough, a fact he accepted was down to disappointment of remaining with Roy Hodgson’s side] I had to put my head down and play my football. I would have been hindering my own progress by moaning and not wanting to perform properly. I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my teammates to treat them that way. It was a thing where ‘OK, this hasn’t happened but I’ve got to get on with it’. I’ve got to prove every time that I’m the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly. Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that

2019 12 15 Retrieve

[Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has said that he cried when he was a young man struggling to get games in the youth setup in south London] When I was playing at Under-18 level there was a coach who told me I wasn’t good enough. I used to go home and cry. My mum didn’t know what was going on. I was not getting games in the league. But then the FA Youth Cup came along and I got my chance. That was my breakthrough. You can’t let it get you down. I have had that in my career. I thought there was no way I was going to take that

[Zaha conceded that he was not in the right frame of mind earlier in the season] What happened is the summer did affect me. When the season started it was still in my head. But after a while I told myself that I have got to get over it. Going around sulking is not going to help. I told myself I can’t be like that. The team has not disrespected me, or the club, or the fans. So they don’t deserve me disrespecting them

We are definitely looking steady as a team right now. The team has got experience all over. A player like Gary Cahill coming in has really helped. He has this steadiness, he knows how to manage a game

[He’s also happy to give back to the area that raised him and has donated money to his old Sunday League team, the Lambeth Allstars as part of the Carling Made Local Fund] The club has given so many people from the South London community a reason to come together and improve themselves both on and off the pitch

2019 12 17 Retrieve

[Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha reflects on Brighton draw] I was just so overjoyed, I was glad I managed to get the goal for the team because we worked so hard. We’ve got a good run going so I’m glad we can carry it on. Each goal is massive really because this is a big game. Over time there have been more important goals but I feel like every game, every goal I can get in a game is important so I’m glad I could get one today. I’m just glad we managed to get back in it, really. If you can’t win it, don’t lose. I’m glad we managed to get that point at least. We didn’t have the best first-half because we basically didn’t get anything but in the second-half, we pushed on, we pressed them and I feel that we deserved a point at least. We barely had the ball, so even having attacks, we were too tired to do anything. So props to them, they did their job to be honest in the first-half. We had to do something second-half

2020 03 14 Tweet

[Wilfried Zaha urges fans to keep safe amid coronavirus fears] Make sure you and your loved ones are safe in this period we are going through. The game we all love will be back soon

2020 03 28 Retrieve

[Wilfried Zaha says Wan-Bissaka is known as The Spider for a reason!] He is very good, so hard to get past him. Have I watched him at United? I’ve watched a few games, what I thought of him is what I thought before. Everything that people are saying now - calling him ‘The Spider’ - we knew before, it is just that he is playing in front of the world now. We were saying it all before but it is nice to see the world know it now

[Wan-Bissaka is enjoying a memorable campaign in Manchester] It is crazy. I remember every single one of my games like it was yesterday. 10 years is mad. It is emotional watching the videos back because those are some of the best moments of my career. I appreciate all the love from the club. All I remember is getting up from the bench and being so happy to be stood there coming on the pitch

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Zaha leaves door open to Palace exit after ‘amazing’ Arsenal interest] It was nice. Supporting them and having them wanting you at the same time, leaves you thinking: ‘this is amazing’. But things never worked out so you just have to move on as quick as possible. I was thinking this may happen. But my whole family was watching and it just didn’t work out

I’m 27, trophies is what it’s all about. If there’s an opportunity to win trophies, then 100 per cent. That’s 100 per cent what I want in my career and what I’m working towards.

I feel like I wasn’t given a really fair shot at the first team. I went through the age groups but then didn’t really get a chance. Then I spoke to Drogba and he explained to me what it felt like to play for the Ivory Coast. For one thing, it’s Drogba calling you and he’s explaining all these things to me. When they came to me I turned them down the first time because I wanted to play for England at the time.

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Wilfried Zaha has insisted he had no idea Sir Alex Ferguson was planning to leave Manchester United after agreeing to join the club] It crushed me a little bit because it was like, after speaking to him, it was a no-brainer that I wanted to go there. I had no idea he was leaving. He just told me straightforward stuff like obviously you know ‘you’re going to have to fight for your position you’re not going to play all the time, there’s a lot of youngsters in the team so you’ll be able to go in with the likes of Welbeck and Cleverley’. I was like ‘that is more than fine all I want is my opportunity just to show what I can do’. It was a straightforward conversation.

[Asked if he regrets how his spell at Old Trafford played out] There’s never regrets Rio. I met so many amazing players that I watched from when I was young. You (Rio) were there, Giggsy was there, Rooney was there, Van Persie was there. So many players I’ve managed to learn from so it’s never regrets. I’m sitting in the same changing room as the players I’ve seen win titles after titles after titles that’s what I want in my career and it’s like I’m finally here with this lot. It’s different when you watch them first-hand.

2020 07 13 Retrieve

[Writing on social media, Wilfried Zaha thanked West Midlands Police for their swift response to the incident but says that everyone in society has to realise that actions have consequences] Very disappointed we didn’t get a better result yesterday but I wanted to come on here to thank you all for all your messages of support. I would also like to thank West Midlands Police for their swift action in making an arrest. People need to understand that whatever your age, that your behaviour and your words come with consequences and you cannot hide behind social media. It is important social media platforms do as they did yesterday and seek out these individuals and remove them. This is not the first time I have received messages like this, nor am I the only player to receive messages like this - it happens every day. I want to thank everyone for the love and support but enough is enough! It is not enough to be disgusted by these messages I received and move on. It isn’t enough to just say #notoracism. We need action, we need education, things need to change