Pardew: China move would ‘make no sense’ for Zaha

Date published: Friday 4th March 2016 4:16

Wilfried Zaha: Will stay at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew does not believe Wilfried Zaha will even contemplate quitting Selhurst Park to move to China.

Zaha is the latest player linked with a move to the Far East, but Pardew is paying little attention to the speculation.

“(We will) fight tooth and nail to hold on to all our good players,” he said. “We want to build this club, it’s an important year and (will be) the first time we’ve done three years in a row in the Premier League.

“We want to get across that hurdle and then build again with our best players. As a career move, China for Zaha makes no sense, I can’t see him being interested in that. He’s picked up this year, been our best player in this period, the games of the last two months.”

Pardew, meanwhile, is crossing his fingers Connor Wickham will prove his fitness ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool after scoring braces in each of his last two games.

“Connor has done terrific, unfortunately he has got a knock and we will have a scan (on Friday), that he picked up in the game,” Pardew said.

“We thought it might just be a bang but it could be more serious than that, he is probably touch and go for Sunday.

“(The) four goals he got were fabulous, he showed his technique is sound, left foot, right foot, pace, holding up, he’s got it all there, but he’s had a fragmented season.

“If he misses out on Sunday, this is the type of situation we’ve got to address next year, where he can play week-in, week-out. If he misses this Sunday, it is a blow to us but for his part, he has been terrific. It looks good going forward; he is only 22.

“Wayne Hennessey is also struggling and that’s something we’ll look at at the 11th hour again. (Left-back Pape) Souare coming back (after suspension) is a boost for us, the balance he gives us down left side is important and he will start.”

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