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Bolasie on Palace ‘regrets’ for Zaha… and a return to Selhurst Park?

Former Palace winger Bolasie, who terrorised defences in the Championship and Premier League on the opposite flank before making his own big-money move to Everton in 2016, remains one of Zaha’s closest friends.

Palace chairman Steve Parish has always said he would never stand in the way of Zaha – who has time and again reiterated his desire to test himself at the highest level – leaving the club, so long as the deal suits the south Londoners.

While the 28-year-old has a deep connection to Palace, he retains a significant desire to land a move to a Champions League club.

Bolasie is now out of contract after leaving Everton but has been revisiting his time at Palace for the new documentary ‘When Eagles Dare’, which is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video from June 4.

Having watched Zaha talk about his connection to the club in the documentary series, Bolasie told Standard Sport when asked if he could see the winger staying at Palace for good: “If I’m being brutally honest obviously, and I don’t talk for Wilf, but I think with Wilf with his talent and his ability and stuff I think… he loves Palace with all of his heart, but if he did end up seeing out his career at Palace, then in his head he would have some regrets as a player who wants to see himself at the highest level possible.

“No offence to anyone at Palace because Palace are the team that made him and me, but knowing Wilf and what he is like he would have regrets.”

After struggles with injury at Goodison Park, Bolaise is re-energised and on the hunt for a new club this summer. Things did not work out on the blue side of Merseyside, and now the 32-year-old wants to be back at a club like Palace – somewhere he can simply enjoy himself.

“100 per cent,” said Bolasie. “It has to be me enjoying myself.

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“Because now obviously, people would have seen me play but technically I haven’t played football regularly up until January 28 when I started playing at Middlesborough, I hadn’t played from March. You can train and train as much as you want, but at the end of the day [you] have to show in a game.

“I’ve managed to do that so now I just said no, actually, that’s me shaking off the cobwebs and I feel good, because obviously I felt like I lost two-and-a-half years of my career really just on the injury.


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