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Palace assure fans that Premiership target Zaha going nowhere

Steve Browett, the Crystal Palace co-chairman, has assured Eagle supporters that Wilfried Zaha "is not for sale." Sunday newspaper reports suggested that clubs including Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal want to buy the 19-year-old Championship winger.

Writing on a club forum as CPFC2010, Browett said: "I can assure you that Wilfried is not 'for sale.' We hope that he'll be playing Premier League football next season.

"For us. Even if that doesn't happen, he's only 19 and still learning his trade in surroundings where he is comfortable and happy. He's on a five-year contract and we really don't need the money."

Browett, who owns Palace with co-chairman, Steve Parish, Martin Long and Jeremy Hoskin, added: "The four of us bought the club so that we could enjoy watching Palace play football, not to cash in as soon as the moneybags clubs come waving their cheque books. I hope that's clear enough.

"PS - and if he [Zaha] keeps developing the way he has so far you'll be reading plenty more rubbish in the Sunday papers."

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