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Friday 20 September 2019

Hodgson: Palace can't keep Zaha

Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha

Roy Hodgson says he is powerless to prevent Crystal Palace cashing in on Wilfried Zaha this summer.

Zaha, who has four years left on his Palace contract, last week cast doubt over his future by revealing his desire to play Champions League football.

Eagles manager Hodgson insists his star Zaha is happy at Selhurst Park but concedes he could not block a move should the club receive a large transfer bid.

"I'm not ruling out the fact that something like that could come up - it would be wrong to do that," said Hodgson.

"The point is that no one at the club has really got any interest in selling Zaha, so we're hoping we won't get those offers. But I'm realistic and it would be a club issue.

"Bids don't come to me any more, the bids come through chairman Steve Parish or sporting director Doug Freedman.

'' If they call me and say 'Look, this is the situation', I shall be in their hands basically.

"I don't have the power to veto any decisions of that nature." Zaha, in his second spell at Selhurst Park following a short unsuccessful stint with Manchester United, has contributed nine league goals and three assists for Palace this term.

While Hodgson does not wish to see the Ivory Coast international leave, he believes it is important for players to be ambitious.

"But the bottom line with Wilf is that he signed a long-term contract at the end of last season, he was well rewarded for that, he made it clear that his heart is with Crystal Palace and so we've got to make certain and hope that is the case and that we will keep him for the years to come."

Mid-table Palace host ninth-placed Everton today and Hodgson expects an entertaining encounter with both clubs free of relegation.

"There are still a few teams having to play with a knife at their throat and it's good that we're not one of them,'' he added.

"Everton are in the same boat so it should be a game where both teams have got the courage and the confidence to go out and play."

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