star Eberechi Eze is hopeful Wilfried Zaha will sign a new deal with the club amid much transfer speculation.
Zaha’s contract with boyhood club Palace expired last month but though there are many clubs around the world interested in him, the winger is still a free agent.
The 30-year-old is said to be taking his time to decide his future, having received offers from Lazio, Fenerbahce and Al-Nassr, while Napoli and are keeping tabs on him.
There is also a strong possibility that he could stay at Selhurst Park, with the Eagles tabling a £200,000-a-week deal, which would make Zaha by far the highest paid player in the club’s history.
It is unclear which side is leading the race for his signature, with Al-Nassr’s package reportedly worth double what Palace are offering as the Saudi Pro League continues to recruit some of football’s biggest names.
Since the turn of the year Al-Nassr have signed and Marcelo Brozovic and are also .
However, Zaha has long held an ambition of playing in the , something Lazio can offer.
The Ivory Coast international is considered to Palace’s greatest player of all-time, with their academy graduate recording 90 goals and 76 assists in 458 appearances.
He has been vital to the club retaining its Premier League status for a decade and with the transfer saga rumbling on, there is increased hope he will stay in south London.
Eze certainly hopes he will get the chance to play alongside Zaha again, hailing his former teammate following Palace’s 4-0 pre-season win over Crawley, where the attacking midfielder scored one and made three assists.
‘Of course we want him to stay at Selhurst Park,’ the England international told Sky Sports.
‘You know the quality he’s got as a player. You know, he’s an incredible player and an incredible person. We’ll see what happens.’
On Thursday, , though many have noted that he is spending time there to help recover from a hamstring injury he suffered at the end of last season.
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