Roy Hodgson confident over Wilfried Zaha’s Crystal Palace future


Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has explained why he is confident Wilfried Zaha will sign a new deal and a solution ‘ everyone’s happy with’ will be found.

The Ivorian star has been linked with a move away from the club this summer with Tottenham and Everton the two clubs most closely linked.

Though, having been so pivotal in Crystal Palace staying up last season, there is no surprise that they are reluctant to let their star man leave.

Now, Roy Hodgson has revealed that he is confident over the player signing a new deal.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

New deal in the offing?

Speaking about his future today, the Crystal Palace boss explained that he is confident that the club and player will ‘find the solution everyone’s happy with.’

‘There’s never been any question of the club wanting or being interested in any offers for Wilf Zaha,’ Hodgson explained, as quoted by the Daily Mail. 

‘We said at a very early stage, myself, the chairman and the American owners, that we don’t want to bring that many players in, and certainly don’t want to lose the good players we have.

‘I’m delighted (Zaha is staying). He’ll be happy too, because he’s such an iconic figure at this club. When you’ve got a player of that quality – and we’ve got several of them – there’s always going to be speculation because other clubs are going to want them.

‘I’m not aware of bids (for him), but that doesn’t mean to say they weren’t there. The bids don’t come these days directly to managers. They come through chairmen, and also through sporting directors. Often it goes owner to owner when you’re talking about the big transfers.

‘That discussion (about a new contract for Zaha) has been going on, but as far as I’m concerned that’s private between Wilf and the club. I’m just confident they’ll find the solution everyone’s happy with.’

Wilfried Zaha

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Peter Crouch tips Tottenham to secure top four spot

While Zaha was seemingly a target for Spurs, they were also not able to get any deals done for other targets.

That made them the first team since the transfer window was introduced in 2003 to not make a single signing.

Even after that, Peter Crouch is tipping Spurs to finish in the top four.

Click here to see why. 

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