Thursday 28 August 2014
Crystal Palace have signed Wilfried Zaha on a season-long loan from Manchester United.
The former Palace winger, who came up through the ranks at Palace and also was part of the club’s Premier League Kicks scheme, said he is “buzzing” to have re-joined his local club.
“I'm just buzzing to be back, to be in and around the lads again,” he told www.cpfc.co.uk. “The best place to come back to is Palace where I am loved.
“Speaking to my family and my agent, they knew I would be comfortable coming back here because I’ve got the support of the fans and the club. When I come back here I know I can just get straight back into it.”
Zaha is Palace’s fifth summer signing after after Chris Kettings, Fraizer Campbell, Brede Hangeland and Martin Kelly and is the first since the appointment as manager of Neil Warnock, who was in charge at Selhurst Park as Zaha approached the fringes of the first team.
“I’m glad to have him back because obviously he’s a great manager and I’m sure he’ll know what to do with the team,” Zaha said of Warnock. “I spoke to him as well and he told me that he would guarantee me a chance – all I’ve got to do is work hard, so I am fine with that.”
Palace agreed to sell Zaha to United in January 2013, but before moving to Old Trafford he helped Palace claim promotion to the Barclays Premier League via the play-offs. Zaha struggled for first-team chances at Old Trafford during 2013/14, appearing twice as a substitute in the league, and moved to Cardiff City on loan in January of this year. At the Welsh club he made 12 Barclays Premier League appearances.
Palace's next match is on Saturday 30 August, away to Newcastle United in the Barclays Premier League.