Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says it would take an offer of £50 million for the club to consider selling winger Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha, 23, had a goal and an assist on Saturday, as Palace took their first league win of the season by defeating newcomers Middlesbrough 2-1. Zaha provided the cross to Christian Benteke’s opening goal and then scored the winner in the 47th minute.
Tottenham submitted a £15 million bid over the summer, but Pardew said he sat down with the player and explained why it was better for his development to stay at Palace.
“Of course I sat down and spoke to him. I want someone to blow the doors off if they’re going to come for him, not have him go somewhere as a squad player at £16-17m,” Pardew said.
“When you see someone put £50m that’s when you think about it. That assist for the first goal – I can’t ask for more.”
Pardew also insisted that Zaha’s attitude throughout all the speculation has been exemplary.
“Trust me; I’ve been in the position when you can’t get anything out of a player. Us Premier League managers pull our hair out. That’s not been the case with Wilf,” Pardew added.
“If I was to mark him out of 10 I would give him a 10, that’s how good his attitude’s been.”
Palace sits in 11th place in the Premier League table after picking up one win, one draw and two losses in the opening four games. The Eagles takes on Stoke City on Sunday at Selhurst Park.