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Pardew praises Zaha potential

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes winger Wilfried Zaha has the potential to become an elite player that could play for Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Zaha, 23, has been impressive for Palace since returning to the club in 2014 after a short stint at Manchester United. Pardew thinks that Zaha has the potential to become an elite player.

“This club took him back from Man United when things weren’t going so well and put their money where their mouth is to bring him back,” Pardew told the Croydon Advertiser.

“He’s done great for me but I think there’s improvement in him. I do think he’s got some improvements to make to be a top player.

“I think we’re a good platform for him to do that in the Premier League. I have tried to say to him I want him to be a massive success here.

“If Spurs blew us out of the water or Man City offered £50m and it was Champions League football, OK, it’s because you’re the finished product.

“This is what Wilf’s ambition should be, but he needs to address his goals and assists.

“If a club came in with, say, £50-£60m – let’s say a Man City, Barcelona or Real Madrid, and he’s got ten goals and nine assists – as his manager at Crystal Palace I can’t really stand in his way.

“I don’t think our fans would either. He knows he isn’t there yet and he has no problem seeing that. I have told him that. Potentially, he could be.”

Pardew praises Zaha potential

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