Palace fire warning over Zaha
Freedman wants winger to realise ambitions with Eagles
Last Updated: March 14, 2012 3:25pm
Wilfried Zaha: Linked with a Premier League move but Palace would rather he helped them win promotion
Dougie Freedman has insisted that Crystal Palace will decide when the time is right for Wilfried Zaha to leave the club.
The 19-year-old winger, who picked up the Young Player of the Year trophy at the 2012 Football League Awards on Sunday night, has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.
A number of top-flight clubs are thought to be plotting a summer swoop for Zaha, but Palace have now warned off any potential suitors.
Zaha only recently signed a five-year contract at Selhurst Park and manager Freedman says he will remain a key part of their plans until such a time as they decide to listen to offers.
And Freedman insists Zaha can make it to the Premier League - with Palace.
"Wilf has got a five-year contract that he only signed a few months ago," Freedman told the South London Press.
"We'll decide over the next five years when is the best time for Wilf to move on - the chairman will decide that from a business point of view and I'll decide it on the footballing side.
"First and foremost we are trying to get the club in the Premier League within the timescale of his contract - hopefully he'll help us do that."