Wilfried Zaha’s ill-fated spell at Manchester United is over, with the 22-year-old rejoining Palace on a permanent deal.
Two years ago the winger’s outstanding displays in south London led United to come calling, paying a fee which could have reached up to €20million.
He then returned to Palace on loan for the remainer of that campaign, and played a key role in helping the Eagles win the Championship play-offs.
However, he made no impression under David Moyes and was deemed surplus to requirements this summer by Louis van Gaal.
He left Old Trafford after just four appearances to rejoin the Eagles signing a five-and-a-half-year contract. The fee is thought to be in the region of €4million.
“I wasn’t getting much game time at Manchester United so took the opportunity of coming back on loan this season,” Zaha told the club’s official website, www.cpfc.co.uk.
“To now have the chance to make the move permanent and come home to Selhurst Park is something I’m delighted about.”
Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing as United boss but is delighted with this fresh start for his career.
“For me to be a better player I need to play more games and having a gaffer that, I know, has great trust in me gives me the confidence I need to help me improve my game,” he said.
“I started playing here when I was eight years of age and my family live local and to have the opportunity to take the field in the Premier League for this club is a dream come true.”
Zaha’s arrival on a permanent deal also frees up the possibility of another loan deal for Alan Pardew, as he explores options to bring in another Premier League on a six-month deal.