Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha says his head was “a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season” following speculation over the summer of interest from Arsenal and Everton.
Zaha was expected to leave Selhurst Park at the end of last season after helping keep the club in the Premier League during a second stint at the club that lasted five years.
The winger outlined his desire to leave in April and was thought to have held meetings with club chairman Steve Parish over his future.
But Zaha stayed at Palace after neither Arsenal nor Everton could match a valuation that seemed to fluctuate with each week, with £80million reportedly demanded at one point.
And Zaha has now revealed how it affected his early-season form for the Eagles.
“I had to put my head down and play my football,” Zaha told BBC Africa.
“I would have been hindering my own progress by moaning and not wanting to perform properly.
“I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my team-mates to treat them that way. It was a thing where ‘OK, this hasn’t happened but I’ve got to get on with it’.
“I’ve got to prove every time that I’m the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly. Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that.”
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