Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish 'very confident' of keeping Tottenham target Wilfried Zaha

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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has insisted he is “very confident” of keeping Wilfried Zaha during the summer transfer window.

Tottenham tried to sign Zaha last summer, though their £14million bid was dismissed as “ridiculous” by the Palace chairman, and remain keen on the Ivorian winger.

Spurs will likely not be the only club eyeing Zaha in the summer after another exceptional display in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Arsenal, in which the 24-year-old provided two assists, taking his Premier League tally to 11 this season along with six goals.

Parish is planning talks with Zaha to extend his contract, which runs until 2020, and believes that he can keep hold of a player who endured a disappointing season at Manchester United earlier in his career.

“All the lads deserve praise for last night,” Parish told Sky Sports. “Every man in the squad put in a top, top performance.

“Wilf is focused on the end of the season and keeping us in the division. That’s what he’s keen to do. We’re keen to do that. We’ll sit down and talk at the end of the season and I’m very confident we can keep him here.

“It’s really hard to get hold of me in the summer. My phone doesn’t ring when certain clubs ring me.

“We’re not looking to sell any players. We’re looking to go up the league. We really thought this season would be better than it turned out. Actually we’ve still got a chance to finish relatively high. We’re only three or four points off 10th.

“We’re looking to improve the squad and improve this club. Wilf is an intrinsic part of what we’re doing. We’re thinking about who we bring in to build on what we’ve got.”

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