Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is "keen to keep" Wilfried Zaha, despite Tottenham Hotspur's £12m ($15.8m) bid for the winger. The Eagles manager admitted he had spoken to the in-demand 23-year-old about Spurs' interest - but insisted Zaha will remain at Selhurt Park.
Pardew also revealed the Palace hierarchy are determined to keep hold of Zaha, who is a popular figure with the club's fans.
"Wilf came and saw me, he believed there was interest from Tottenham," Pardew said, according to the BBC. "I said we have to see what the bid is. We didn't put his name out there. The chairman has put the full-stop on the deal.
"That's the right thing for us. He was our player of the year, fans' favourite and I'm keen to keep him."
Palace chairman Steve Parish has previously insisted he has no intention of letting Zaha leave. Meanwhile, Pardew feels Zaha is already at the right club to develop his talents, having been a peripheral figure during his ill-fated spell at Manchester United.
"I don't even know what the bid is. I didn't even ask. I've worked with Zaha. He's improved under my management, the club have done well to bring him back here," Pardew said amid Tottenham's interest. "He's playing great football. I hope that doesn't stop going forward. The chairman has made his position clear and I stand by that."
Earlier this week, Parish described Tottenham's bid for Zaha as "ridiculous" and likened his talent to that of Cristiano Ronaldo. "We had a bid from Spurs but £12m – it's ridiculous. I can't imagine that they're serious," he told talkSPORT.
"There is no chance whatsoever of Wilfried Zaha leaving the club in this transfer window. I can absolutely reassure every Palace fan he is an integral part of our plans. We've told Spurs that there is really no point bidding for him because he is going nowhere - 100 percent guaranteed.
"It's not right really that players get their heads turned. I was told that the manager there thinks he's the next Ronaldo. Well, I'd like to get the next Ronaldo for £12m," Parish added.