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Patrick Vieira insists talisman Wilfried Zaha will not leave Crystal Palace before transfer deadline
Patrick Vieira insists talisman Wilfried Zaha will NOT leave Crystal Palace before transfer deadline and insists there has been no approach for the attacker amid interest from Arsenal and Chelsea
- Wilfried Zaha has been linked with London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal
- Palace boss Patrick Vieira says there has been no approach to his talisman
- The in-form striker has now scored four goals in as many games this season
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira insists he is not considering losing star man Wilfried Zaha before the transfer deadline.
Zaha, who has been linked with London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, underlined his value for Palace with a stunning opener in Tuesday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Brentford.
The in-form striker has now scored four goals in as many games this season, but eventually became frustrated after Bees substitute Yoane Wissa claimed a late equalizer.
In-form striker Wilfried Zaha has been linked with London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal
Vieira says there has been no approach for his talisman as he rejected reports that he might be leaving.
“I didn’t even put that in my head, I didn’t even ask myself that question,” the Frenchman replied when asked if he is sure Zaha will still be at Selhurst Park after the window closes on Thursday.
“I work with him every day and it never occurs to me that something like this will happen.
“All he shows is being competitive on the pitch, he’s doing well for this football club that he loves very much.
Zaha emphasized his value to Crystal Palace with a stunning attack on Brentford
“Nothing comes from another club. Wilfried is playing football, he enjoys his football and as manager or chairman there is nothing from anyone.
‘We are in a period in which there is a lot in the newspapers and as far as Wilfried is concerned, that is not true. This is all I can tell you.’
After missing Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Manchester City due to a leg problem, Zaha was back in the spotlight against the Bees.
The Ivory Coast international, whose contract expires next summer, once again underlined his importance to the Eagles by breaking the deadlock in the 59th minute with a stunning attempt in the top right corner.
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira says there has been no approach to his talisman
But the tenacious Brentford fought back and came right through a header from unmarked substitute Wissa two minutes before the end and came close to a winner, with Rico Henry forfeiting a golden opportunity before Ben Mee headed the crossbar.
“Today we needed something special to score goals and Wilfried delivered that,” added Vieira, who was relieved to hold on to a draw.
“He’s used to it (speculation) and if you look at his smile when he scored that goal, that says it all. I think the smile on his face shows how happy he is at this football club.
“We’re lucky we didn’t concede that second goal at the end, because they had the best chances. If you look at the game now, we’re lucky to understand it.’
Brentford claimed a late equalizer for the third time this season after a draw with Leicester and Everton.
Bee boss Thomas Frank was full of admiration for Zaha’s quality moment and somewhat frustrated that he hadn’t taken all three points.
“What a moment,” he said of the opening goal. “It’s bizarre how close the ball is to his feet and then he just moved it three inches and then popped it into the top corner. That’s an incredible goal, I told him.
“After that, of course, we had to chase, we went more attacking. It is an incredibly well made goal that we equalized.
“And then I like the mentality we have, we don’t settle for a draw, we want to go for the win and we proved that with two huge chances that we need to score. With that in mind, I think we should have won