Chelsea appear to be winning the race for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha as he has reportedly told his Palace team-mates he wants to leave Selhurst Park. "I don't read those stories to be perfectly honest, they circulate all the time", the manager said.
'In fact, we were talking about how good the new signings were and how they would help us.
"The thing with Wilf is very simple; he's very much an integral part of our plans, he's very much an integral part of Crystal Palace Football Club". He's very much an integral part of our plans. Of course, he is, he's a top-class player and I'm sure there are many clubs, not only in England but in the rest of the world, who would like to have him.
The Mirror Sport is reporting that the Ivory Coast worldwide has told his Palace teammates of his plans, and would be willing to submit a transfer request should the club continue to price him out of a move.
Speaking in May amid reported interest from Manchester City and Tottenham, Zaha indicated he would not push for a move from Palace, which he described as his "home".
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Zaha was deployed as a centre-forward due to a scarcity of options upfront, but he settled in sensationally in a makeshift role scoring 9 goals and assisting thrice in 29 Premier League outings, thus, guiding his side out of the drop zone and ensure safety despite the worst possible start under ex-boss Frank de Boer last summer.
He is also still very young, and has plenty of years left ahead of him - something that would surely appeal to Pochettino, what with his penchant for signing young players with plenty of potential, and moulding them into stars of the future.
"It's London, where he prefers, so he'd be more comfortable there".
Zaha made his feelings clear to the Palace hierarchy though earlier in the summer by turning down a new contract with improved wages, clearly setting his sights at a move higher up in the Premier League table.