Wilfried Zaha has signed a contract extension at Crystal Palace that will keep the Ivorian at Selhurst Park until 2022.

The fleet-footed forward was rumoured to be the subject of a £30 million bid from Tottenham Hotspur, but will now be staying in South London.

Zaha is currently enjoying his second spell at Selhurst Park, having signed from Manchester United in 2013.

The forward excelled this season, winning Palace’s Player of the Year award for the second year running.

Zaha, who can play as a winger or through the middle, has now bagged 34 goals for the Eagles, and is a firm fan favourite.

“Palace is in my heart and I don’t think the story is over,” he told the club’s official website.

“I spoke with Steve [Parish] and I think I still have more to give this Club. The supporters have been amazing and I want us to do more than just stay in the League next year.

“I would like to thank the Chairman for being a big part of my journey and his fellow owners for backing me and rewarding my progression. Let’s do this!”

Zaha has delighted Palace’s owners by committing to a long term deal.

“Wilf has been with the club since he was eight years old and in the first team from the day I arrived,” Parish said.

“He is our talisman and someone that week in week out gives everything for the Red and Blue. I’m delighted he has committed his future to us and look forward to climbing up the table with him next year”

Coming only a few days after the shock resignation of Palace manager Sam Allardyce, keeping hold of Zaha will be seen as a major victory by Eagles fans.

The club will certainly find it easier to attract a new manager with their star assets tied down.

The deal also means that Spurs will now need to seek alternative offensive targets.

Although manager Mauricio Pochettino is believed have tracked Zaha for a number of months, it appears that no offer was forthcoming.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is rumoured to have been put off by the forward’s mid-season international commitments with the Ivory Coast.

Spurs may now focus their efforts on securing the likes of Bournemouth’s Josh King, whilst Palace fans can look forward to another few seasons of Zaha’s tricks, flicks, and goals.

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