Allardyce expects Zaha will stay

18 May 2017 06:18:19 EST

Sam Allardyce is confident that Wilfried Zaha will sign a new contract with Crystal Palace this summer.

Despite the Eagles' struggles at time this term Zaha has had an excellent campaign and he played a key part in helping the club steer clear of the relegation zone.

Zaha has been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park even though he endured a difficult time at Manchester United earlier in his career before returning to Palace, initially on loan, in the summer of 2014.

Allardyce said of the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international: "If he does sign, it will be fantastic - he loves Palace. He was brought up here and is flourishing here.

"With a bigger contract, there are bigger responsibilities, if he gets a bigger contract, I expect a lot more - which is saying something because I am getting a lot already."

Allardyce was also asked if Palace would be able to afford to buy Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool.

Sakho was outstanding in the closing weeks of the season for Palace, and Allardyce said: "The chairman said he would try to negotiate. If we do [manage to sign him] then great, if not we move on.

"There'll be a few players leaving the club. Some will want to leave too. It'll be the usual market it always is.

"The summer priorities are: recruitment, preparation and preventing injuries."

Palace finish their campaign with a game against Manchester United on Sunday in a repeat of last season's FA Cup final.

Zaha is 11/4 to score at any time against his former club while Allardyce's team are 3/1 to keep a clean sheet in the match and 11/1 to win the encounter 1-0.

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