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Ex-Crystal Palace boss De Boer: Zaha a real Messi

Sacked Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer has again sung the praises of Wilfried Zaha.

De Boer says losing Zaha to injury at the start of the season was a big influence on his sacking.

He told Sport Express: “I lost my best player in Zaha in the very first week, so his injury was our main problem - he is a real Messi.

“I tried to change the system but I failed. After the sacking I was very angry.

"Players were also upset, but that's the way it goes."

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