Crystal Palace chief blasts Wigan manager Martinez for Zaha comments

Steve Parish criticised the Latics coach for unsettling the young Eagles winger by saying he had “tremendous potential” this week having had a £3 million bid rejected in the summer

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has blasted Wigan manager Roberto Martinez on Twitter for potentially unsettling Wilfried Zaha.

The Eagles rejected a £3 million bid for the England Under-21 international in the summer, and the winger had also attracted interest from fellow Championship club Bolton Wanderers.

This week Martinez labelled Zaha as a player with "tremendous potential" which riled Parish, who retaliated by also criticising the way the club "nicked" Victor Moses in January 2010.

"Some fascinating quotes from a manager about our player," Parish stated on his Twitter account.

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"So having nicked Victor [Moses] due to administration and then selling for £9m (where I don't recall them being worried about Chelsea getting value for money), Roberto would like it ever so much if we would roll over.

"In the meantime I guess he'll just try to unsettle our player using the papers.

"We didn't reveal any details of their bid we prefer to do these things privately and politely, different rules I guess for 'big' clubs."