Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace and England Footballer

Rooney tells Zaha no Free MUTV


Striker Wayne Rooney has told future team-mate Wilfried Zaha he will still have to pay for the club’s own subscription channel, ‘MUTV’, despite agreeing a deal to move to Old Trafford in the summer.

The England international broke the news to the January signing – who will stay at Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season – via Twitter, when originally responding to a question from a fan.

The Red Devils supporter pondered whether Rooney and Co. still had to pay the £6.00 monthly fee to get their daily fix of Manchester United news, and didn’t have to wait long for an answer, as the 27-year-old responded by saying: “Yeah I do”.

Rooney then wasted little time in letting Zaha know that he too will have to devote a tiny percentage of his new wage with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, tweeting the Championship winger: “u will have to aswell mate haha.”

Zaha retweeted Rooney’s comment, adding: “thought we’d get that free to be honest lol”, suggesting that he is already a paying subscriber to the Manchester United channel, in an attempt to swat up on his new club, ahead of the 20-year-old’s summer transfer.


Zaha delighted with move to Manchester United


Wilfried Zaha says he is delighted at his summer move to Manchester United  but insists his “focus” remains on winning promotion with Crystal Palace.

The 20-year-old winger has agreed a five-and-a-half year deal but will be loaned back to Palace until the summer.

Zaha said: “I am delighted to be joining Manchester United. However, my focus for the next five months will be solely at Crystal Palace.”

United will pay £10m up front, with an extra £5m in additional fees.

The two clubs confirmed they had reached an agreement on Friday morning, with Palace also announcing they expect the move to be finalised next week.

The skilful wide-man has already agreed personal terms with the Premier League leaders and will now undergo a medical in Manchester.

“We like to sign players with potential,” manager Sir Alex Ferguson said. “We develop players and that’s been proven many times. Hopefully the boy enjoys it here.”

Zaha joined Palace as a 12-year-old, and could be in line to win his second England cap against Brazil in February.

He has excelled since making his debut for the Selhurst Park outfit in March 2010, scoring 15 goals in 124 appearances and being named the Football League Young Player of the Year last season.

“I have been at Palace for more than 10 years, I will always love the club and I want to help get them back to the Premier League, particularly for the fans who have always been so good to me,” Zaha added.

Play mediaSir Alex Ferguson keen on Wilfried Zaha ‘potential’

Palace are currently fourth in the Championship table, two points behind Leicester who fill the last automatic promotion place.

Co-chairman Steve Parish had always insisted Zaha would not leave the club on a permanent basis in January  and he expressed his delight with the terms that will see the attacker continue to play a pivotal role in their bid to reach the top flight.

He said:  “I feel this is a great deal for the club and the player. It was essential to Wilf and ourselves that he stayed at Palace for the remainder of this season to help the club with its main aim of promotion to the Premier League.”


Zaha set for Medical at Manchester United


Wilfried Zaha will undergo a medical with Manchester United in the next 48 hours before completing a £15m move from Crystal Palace.

The 20-year-old forward has agreed a five-and-a-half year deal but will be loaned back to Palace until the summer.

United will pay £10m up front, with the fee potentially rising to £15m based on Zaha’s appearances and success.

Zaha, who joined Palace as a 12-year-old, is expected to win his second England cap against Brazil in February.

Both clubs have refused to comment on a proposed deal, but Sir Alex Ferguson has been heavily involved in the talks, having remained in England as his squad travelled to Qatar on Sunday for a short training camp.

He was named the Football League Young Player of the Year last season and attracted the attention of a number of Premier League clubs.

Zaha, who came through the youth academy at Selhurst Park, has scored 15 goals in 124 appearances for the Eagles since his debut against Cardiff in March 2010.

He is Palace’s latest home-grown talent, following in the footsteps of Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne.

Former Eagles forward Mark Bright has described Zaha as the biggest talent to emerge at the club since former England striker Ian Wright.

“He is probably the best prospect we [Palace] have had in terms of what he could go on to achieve,” said Bright.