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I should be playing in the Champions League, says Zaha

20th April 2019, 11:44

Wilfried Zaha has admitted he wants to leave Crystal Palace in search of Champions League football.

The 26-year-old only signed a new five-year contract last summer, becoming Palace's highest-paid player.

But now the Ivory Coast forward has put a host of interested clubs on notice by targeting top-level European football as one of his chief career aims.

"I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that's it, and I'll do the rest," Zaha told the Daily Mail.

"It gives me goosebumps seeing the crowds, amazing stadiums.

"When I'm seeing players I think, 'What would I do in that predicament?'

"I feel I can get to that stage, with the confidence I have and belief in my ability. I should be there. I'm missing out. I don't just want to be at home watching it.

"Real players, when the time comes, it's that big stage, they're the ones that step up. I want to be that player in the big game."

Zaha left home club Palace for Manchester United in a 10million deal in 2013, only to return to Selhurst Park two years later.

The forward has won a Premier League-high six penalties this term, while also netting eight goals for the Eagles.

And he feels he can only realise his full career goals by leaving his boyhood club.

"I want to be competing at the highest level where there's an opportunity to win trophies - that's where I picture myself," said Zaha.

"For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies,' he said.

"I'm blessed to have come this far in my playing career and I have so many people to thank for that. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

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