Patrick Vieira does not consider Wilfried Zaha’s departure before the window closes

Patrick Vieira does not consider Wilfried Zaha’s departure before the window closes

Patrick Vieira does not consider Wilfried Zaha’s departure before the window closes

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira insists he’s not thinking of losing star Wilfried Zaha before the transfer deadline.

Zaha, who has been linked to London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, underscored his value for the Palace with a stunning opening in Tuesday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Brentford.

The fit striker has now scored four goals in as many games this season but was ultimately frustrated after Bees replacement Yoane Wissa claimed a late draw.

Vieira says there has been no approach for her talisman as she has dismissed reports of her potential departure.

“I haven’t even got it in my head, I haven’t even asked myself that question,” the Frenchman replied when asked if he is confident Zaha will still be in Selhurst Park after the window closed on Thursday.

“I work with him every day and it never crosses my mind that something like this happens.

The only thing he is showing is competitiveness on the pitch, doing well for this football club he loves very much.

“There is nothing that comes from any other club. Wilfried is playing football, he is enjoying himself and, as a coach or president, there is nothing to anyone.

“We are in a period where there are a lot of things happening in the papers and as far as Wilfried is concerned, there is nothing true in that. This is the only thing I can tell you. “

After missing Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Manchester City due to a leg problem, Zaha is back in the spotlight against the Bees.

The Ivory Coast international, whose contract will expire next summer, once again emphasized his importance to the Eagles by breaking the deadlock with a stunning shot in the top right corner in the 59th minute.

But the tenacious Brentford reacted and equalized with a header from unsigned substitute Wissa with two minutes left and came close to the winner, with Rico Henry wasting a golden opportunity before Ben Mee headed the crossbar.

“Today we needed something special to score goals and Wilfried delivered,” added Vieira, who was relieved to expect a draw.

“He’s used to it (speculation) and when you look at his smile when he scored that goal, he is saying it all. I think the smile on his face shows how happy he is on this football team.

We are lucky not to concede that second goal in the end because they had the best chances. When you look at the game now, we’re lucky enough to get to the point. “

Brentford have achieved a final draw for the third time this season after their draws with Leicester and Everton.

Bees boss Thomas Frank was full of admiration for Zaha’s quality moment and slightly frustrated that he didn’t take all three points.

“What a moment,” he said of the first goal. “It’s crazy how close the ball is to his feet and then he moved it three inches and then it exploded in the top corner. It’s an incredible goal, I told you.

“Then of course we had to chase, we went more offensive. It is an incredibly well worked goal that we equalized with.

“And then I love the mentality we have, we are not satisfied with a draw, we want to aim for victory and we have shown it with two great chances that we have to score. With that in mind, I think we should have won ”.

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