Dougie Freedman will only let Wilfried Zaha leave Crystal Palace when the time's right
Dougie Freedman issued a hands-off warning to Wilfried Zaha's suitors after his goals in Palace's 2-1 win over Wolves.
Last Updated: 03/10/12 7:17am
The winger will have done his reputation no harm after his stunning brace ended the home side's four-match winning run.
But Freedman insists the 19-year-old, who signed a five-year deal at Palace in December, can still develop with the Eagles and will only let him leave the club when he believes the time is right.
"The kid's got huge potential and hopefully he can fulfil that," said Freedman. "He's working hard, I think his off-the-ball movement is getting better, he's developing his game.
"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."