Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish considers Wilfried Zaha signing a new contract the “final piece of the “jigsaw”. The forward was linked with a departure throughout the summer but on Wednesday he agreed terms to commit to Palace until 2023.
Zaha remaining at Selhurst Park at the conclusion of the transfer window was followed by the club’s manager Roy Hodgson signing a contract extension until 2020 and the forward scoring the winning goal in Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Fulham.
Max Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyate, Vicente Guaita and Jordan Ayew were also recruited to a squad already thriving under Hodgson’s management, and Parish told the club’s official website: “It’s absolutely fantastic. We’re all so committed this year to giving it our best shot, and this is the final piece of the jigsaw.
“It’s nice to put all those stories to bed, stories that we knew weren’t true and were just rumour mongering. Wilfried the player that we’ve seen all summer has done everything properly and right.
“He’s shown the respect he’s got for this football club, and he should be applauded for that with all the noise that was going on around him. We’ve settled everything in terms of his long-term future, so we’re absolutely ecstatic.
“He’s scored the first goal when we bought the club in 2010. It’s been an incredible journey that we’ve been on together. It’s been a fantastic journey, for the club, for me, for him. It seems as though we’re intertwined on this journey, and long may it continue.”