Crystal Palace midfielder Andros Townsend believes his team-mate Wilfried Zaha is good enough to play for a club in the Champions League amid renewed speculation over a potential move to Arsenal.
Zaha is understood to have told Palace he wants to leave Selhurst Park this summer after an underwhelming season for the Eagles.
He scored just four goals and provided five assists as Palace finished 14th.
Over the weekend, Zaha sparked speculation over a move to Arsenal when he was captured pointing to a sign in a nightclub which read ‘Zaha to Arsenal’.
Zaha later claimed he “can’t control everything everyone does” but it is no secret he wants to play for the Gunners.
However, despite past interest in Zaha, Arsenal are unlikely to make another move for him due to a lack of funds.
The impact of the coronavirus has severely impacted the north London club financially and manager Mikel Arteta is looking at swap deals and free transfers.
Arsenal also doesn’t have the benefit of Champions League football to help persuade players in negotiations.
Manchester City are well stocked for attackers but Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd have all been linked with moves for forward players.
And while Townsend hopes Zaha will remain a Palace player, he concedes the Ivorian is good enough to be playing in Europe’s top competition.
“Wilfried Zaha could play for the very best in the world,” Townsend told talkSPORT.
“He’s the most talented player I’ve ever played with and he should be playing in the Champions League.
“I’m very grateful that we have him at Palace, everyone at the club is grateful, and if we have him beyond this window we’d be even more grateful.
“If that’s the case I’m sure he’ll knuckle down and have another great season.
“He deserves to be playing at the highest level, but as long as he’s a Palace player and I’m hopeful it does continue beyond this window, we’re grateful and delighted to have him.”