Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman: 'Hands off Wilfried Zaha'

Freedman: 'Hands off Zaha'
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Dougie Freedman warns potential suitors that Wilfried Zaha will only leave Crystal Palace when he decides the time is right.

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has insisted that he will only let Wilfried Zaha leave Selhurst Park when he feels the time is right.

Zaha impressed a growing list of admirers with a match-winning performance for Palace on Tuesday, as he scored a brace to guide the Eagles to a 2-1 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Freedman told Sky Sports News that Zaha can continue to develop his talent if he is nurtured properly.

He said: "Wilfried can play at the top level if he continues going with his movement, he's got wonderful technique and ability. His all-round game is coming together.

"I've known that kid since 14 years of age, so it's a relationship which goes a little bit further than contracts.

"When he's ready and when I think he's ready to let him go to the right club, I will tap Wilfried on the shoulder and tell him I can't help him any longer. It's a little bit different with my kids, the relationship has been there a long time."

The 19-year-old England youth international signed a new five-year contract with Palace in December.

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