Holloway delighted at Zaha's move to Manchester United

The Crystal Palace boss conceded that he'd love to see the winger playing for him in the Premier League next season, but is happy a deal has been reached that suits all parties
Ian Holloway says he is delighted for Wilfried Zaha after a deal was struck to take the winger to Manchester United at the start of next season, with the Crystal Palace boss happy that an agreement has finally been reached.

The terms of the £15 million transfer mean that Zaha will finish this season with the Eagles before making his move to Old Trafford, and Holloway feels that clause makes it a great piece of business for all concerned.

"The deal agreed between Palace and United for ­Wilfried Zaha is one where all three parties win," he told The Sun.

"We receive a fee for a ­player who came through the ranks at Selhurst Park to win an ­England cap and we also get to keep him for the rest of the season to boost our promotion dream."

Crystal Palace currently sit in fifth position in the Championship, two points off an automatic promotion spot to the Premier League, and are sure to be boosted by Zaha's inclusion for the remainder of the season.

The former Blackpool manager was also quick to point out that he was fully behind the transfer, and that he received nothing in the deal, despite what some may believe.

"I would like to think I played a big role in making it happen. And before any cynics out there think about raising an eyebrow, let me make it clear straight away that I won’t be making a single penny from a transfer that was in danger of dying on the vine," he continued.

"In my three years as ­manager of Blackpool, I used to benefit financially whenever we sold a player. That was because, when I took up Karl Oyston’s offer to become boss at Bloomfield Road, I accepted a wage that was well below the going rate being paid in the Championship.

"When we were promoted to the Premier League, the terms of my contract ­remained exactly the same, even though that single season in the top-flight was worth about £90 million to the club.

"To compensate for this, it was written into my contract that I would earn a bonus every time a player who had improved under my coaching was sold to another club."

The terms of his current managerial contract at Selhurst Park are very different, and Holloway is happy with the package.

"When I became manager of Crystal Palace in ­November, I was delighted to accept the challenge of ­taking charge of a big club," he said.

"I was also very happy with the financial package I was offered. Being paid a bonus based on player sales wasn’t even an issue. It didn’t need to be."

"United have bought a player who is as good as anyone I have ever worked with in my entire career as player or manager."

Holloway was also critical of various agents who almost hindered the deal, believing they should not receive anything when a player moves to a club like Manchester United.

"There isn’t an agent in the world who can guarantee a footballer a move to ­Manchester United. Only the player himself can earn himself that kind of transfer, by playing so well that a manager like Sir Alex Ferguson feels compelled to sign him," he continued.

"So why on earth should an agent earn a vast amount of money when he has nothing to do with the player’s ­development or either football club? The answer, in short, is that they shouldn’t.

"It got to a stage when I was worried that Sir Alex would end his ­interest in Wilfried, such was the skulduggery of certain people who had nothing to do with Palace or United.

"So I decided to call the great man himself and assure him that Wilfried has all the physical and mental attributes to be a great success at Old Trafford."