Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has admitted he is ambitious to play and win trophies for a top club, revealing he ‘has’ to play Champions League football.
The 26-year-old, who came through the youth academy at Selhurst Park, has once again been Palace’s standout performer this season.
The winger has found the back of the net eight times and has chalked up eight assists in the Premier League this season, with Palace sitting 13th in the league with four fixtures remaining.
And with the season coming to a close, rumours have already begun regarding the Ivory Coast international’s future, with Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur both reportedly keen on securing the winger’s services in the summer.
Talking to the Daily Mail, cited by the Mirror, Zaha gave an open answer when asked about his future at the club.
I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast.
For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies.
I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.
I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.
Zaha recently signed a new five-year deal at Selhurst Park, so the likes of Dortmund and Spurs will have to reportedly offer Palace around £50 million to have a chance of signing the tricky wide man.
Five possible replacements for Wilfried Zaha:
Daniel James - Swansea City
Young Welsh winger James has been a key member of the Swansea side this year and looks destined to play Premier League football next season.
Ivan Cavaleiro - Wolves
Cavaleiro has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot for Wolves this season and could well be allowed to leave in the summer.
Joe Lolley - Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest star Lolley could be another option for Palace this summer, with the wide man being monitored by numerous Premier League sides.
Dwight McNeil - Burnley
Burnley youngster McNeil has excelled in his first full season in the Premier League and could well be of interest to numerous sides over the next few years.
Oliver Burke - West Brom (on loan at Celtic)
West Brom winger Burke could be on the move again in the summer following his loan spell at Celtic and could be of interest to Hodgson and Palace.