Sunday, April 22, 2018

Zaha plays down loan talk; Inter Milan want Van der Wiel

Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha wants to stay at Old Trafford next season.

Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha wants to stay at Old Trafford next season amid speculation regarding his short-term future with the English champions, according to the club’s official website,

Zaha, 20, bagged eight goals and 10 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions for the Eagles last season.

“I’ve grafted to get here so Manchester United is where I want to stay,” said Zaha.

“I have moved away from most of my family and friends but it’s progress. Everyone understands that. I wanted to make the move here because it’s what is best for my career.”

Zaha, who joined United from Crystal Palace F.C. for an initial fee of £10 million in January 2013, will compete with the likes of Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck, Nani and Shinji Kagawa for playing time next season.

At the moment, the 20-year-old England international is most likely near the bottom of the pecking order, but newly appointed United boss David Moyes will give him a chance to showcase his talents in 2013/14.

Zaha made his Manchester United debut in a losing effort against the Singha All Star XI in Bangkok on Saturday, playing the second half and impressing Moyes.

“Wilfried did well,” said Moyes. “He gave us a little bit of something different.

“We have brought him here to give him a chance. It is the first time I have worked with him and had a chance to see him up close.

“He will certainly be part of the squad and we will see where we can fit him in as often as we can.”

Moyes was not thrilled with the end result, a 0-1 defeat, and rightfully so, but the former Everton manager did take a few positives from the match, including the performance of Belgian starlet Adnan Januzaj.

“It wasn’t a brilliant result but this wasn’t one we desperately needed to win,” added Moyes. “It is one we need to get prepared to win games from.

“[Adnan Januzaj] was a plus for us. He played well. It is always good when you give a young player a chance and he shows up. He did that tonight.

“The more he plays like that, the more opportunities he is likely to get.”

In all likelihood, Januzaj, 18, will be limited to the Capital One Cup and reserves next season.

Inter Milan want Van der Wiel

F.C. Internazionale Milano sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed the club’s interest in Paris Saint-Germain right-back Gregory van der Wiel, Sky Sports understands.

Van der Wiel, 25, joined PSG from Dutch Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax Amsterdam in a deal worth €6 million last summer.

The Holland international, who tallied one goal and two assists in 22 league appearances for the French champions in 2012/13, may be surplus to requirements at the Parc des Princes.

“We have an open discussion with PSG over van der Wiel. We are talking about a loan, so we’ll see,” said Ausilio.

Inter are also chasing the signature of Juventus midfielder Mauricio Isla, but the Bianconeri have turned down each approach for the versatile Chile international.

“We are talking to Juve, but everyone sticks to their guns,” added Ausilio. “They have one evaluation of the player, we have another.”


Shawn Etemadi



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