Zaha not scared of big-money move after Man Utd troubles

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The Ivorian winger is happy at Crystal Palace and is not thinking of a move, but feels he is ready to take a step up again

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is not scared of joining another big club as speculation mounts over his future.

Zaha has already had a taste of a top-level club after an unsuccessful spell at Manchester United, who he joined from Palace in 2013.

He made just four appearances for United and, after a loan spell at Cardiff City, Zaha returned to Palace in 2014 on loan before sealing a permanent return.

Amid reports of interest from Manchester City and Tottenham, the 25-year-old has not let his experience at United deter him from wanting to make the step up to a higher level.

"I moved away when I was 19, 20. Whatever happened before happened and I have grown mentally," Zaha told Sky Sports News.

"So that won't scare me, if I get the opportunity to move away eventually, that will not scare me because of what happened in the past.”

The Ivorian insists that he is currently happy at Crystal Palace and he is not thinking about leaving Selhurst Park this summer.

"There's always going to be speculation. I am just trying to keep my head down, play my football," he said.

"I am enjoying my football and I am contracted at Palace. I don't really see myself anywhere [else]."

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Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes that Zaha is ready for a big-money move, believing he has grown as a player since his time at Old Trafford.

Hodgson said: “He felt he was too young going to Manchester United and wasn’t ready to handle the pressures of what being at Manchester United meant.

"I am pretty sure he has matured and that is no longer the case that he lacks maturity, and the other thing is that if he believes in this club and the work that we are doing, you sometimes can’t do a lot better than where you are.”

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