Palace Make Zaha Loan Permanent, Chung-Yong Joins from Bolton

Wilfried Zaha has re-signed for Crystal Palace from Manchester United on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old has been on loan with the Eagles since August, and after making 19 appearances for the club so far this season, has signed the dotted line on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

“I wasn’t getting much game time at Manchester United so took the opportunity of coming back on loan this season and to now have the chance to make the move permenant and come home to Selhurst Park is something I’m delighted about,” Zaha told the club website”

Zaha added, “For me to be a better player I need to play more games and having a gaffer that, I know, has great trust in me gives me the confidence I need to help me improve my game”.

Wilfried Zaha Returns to Selhurst Park on a Permanent Basis. Image: Getty via Man Utd.
Wilfried Zaha Returns to Selhurst Park on a Permanent Basis. Image: Getty via Man Utd.

The England international started out a Selhaust Park having joined the side since the age of 12. He made his first team debut in 2010 in second tier football.

He was signed by United in January 2013 but loaned back to Palace for the rest of that season as his form that year helped the side gain Premier League promotion via the play-offs.

After struggling to find starting role at Old Trafford, Zaha was loaned to Cardiff for the latter part of the 2013/14 season and following the latter club’s relegation, returned to the SE25 at the start of the ongoing campaign.

Palace have also added Lee Chung-Yong from Bolton Wanderers until June 2018 for an undisclosed fee.

The South Korean international joined Bolton in 2009 from FC Seoul, where he made his debut at the age of 18. Chung-Young has scored three times in 26 outings this season.

The 26-year-old, who has represented his country in two World Cup finals, scored twice in the 2010 World Cup.

He was not involved in the final of the 2015 Asian Cup having been forced to return home through an injury he picked up in the opening game of the AFC tournament.