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Chelsea suffer Wilfried Zaha transfer blow as star makes Crystal Palace admission

Chelsea have suffered a transfer blow after Wilfried Zaha told Crystal Palace that he is willing to remain at the club until the end of the season.

The Blues have been linked with a big money move for the Ivory Coast forward in the January transfer window, as have other clubs like Tottenham .

The 27-year-old made it clear that he wanted to leave Selhurst Park in the summer with Arsenal and Everton thought to have submitted bids.

But Palace have always demanded something close to £80m for Zaha in order to let their star player leave.

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To be fair to Zaha, he has always given 100 per cent for the Eagles despite wanting to move on.

And he is now resigned to the fact that no team will be willing to meet his asking price in January and is willing to remain where he is for the time being.

Palace’s dogged negotiating stance is based on Zaha’s importance to the side, the fact he has three-and-a-half years left on his contract and the strength of his relationship with the management and executives at the club.

They have already sold him once when he joined Manchester United for £15m in 2013, but the move didn’t pay off and he returned two years later after a loan move.

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Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace that he is willing to remain at the club until the end of the season

Zaha appointed super-agent Pini Zahavi to broker a transfer this month but he will now concentrate on helping Palace finish as high as possible in the Premier League.

Chelsea were never likely to sign him this month as they concentrate on trying to bring in another striker to help take the load from Tammy Abraham.

The likes of Moussa Dembele, Jadon Sancho, and Timo Werner have been linked with a move but as yet no new faces have been signed.

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