Palace boss,Roy Hodgson in dark over Zaha’s future


Roy Hodgson not sure  of Zaha Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson has said he’s unaware of what the future holds for Wilfried Zaha, with the winger consistent transfer link with Arsenal and Everton.

Arsenal have cooled their interest for now, as the club’s chiefs are working to wrapping up an €80m deal for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.

Zaha, though, is still sparking talk of interest from within the Premier League, with Everton said to have joined the hunt for the Ivory Coast international.

Hodgson is in the dark when it comes to those reports, with the Eagles manager unsure what is happening with a player yet to return to his squad from Africa Cup of Nations duty.

He told Sky Sports when asked for an update on Zaha’s situation: ”He’s dealing with the chairman [Steve Parish].

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”The chairman’s his link, they know each other very well and get on very well. Most of what’s going on with Wilf is going on between him and the chairman and I can’t enlighten you at all.

”What I know, you know. I know it through reading your websites and newspapers that this or that is happening, but I can’t enlighten you at all.”

Quizzed further on whether he was aware of a bid being lodged by Everton, Hodgson said: ”I don’t know.”

The Eagles boss has previously expressed a desire to keep Zaha on his books, with Palace having already sanctioned the £50m ($62m) sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United this summer.

”He has not spoken to me. I don’t know if he’s spoken to the club [asking to leave].

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”As far as I’m concerned, he is coming back, he is our player and I’ve been given no information that the club is interested in selling him at the moment.”

Hodgson added: ”I’m just expecting him back, looking forward to working with him and seeing some of the things he can do for us.

”I think he is back after we play Bristol City and before we play Hertha Berlin – that gives him his three weeks off. If he wants to come back earlier we will be very happy to see him.”

Palace faced Bristol City on Saturday, with Hodgson’s side running out 5-0 winners against their Championship opponents at Ashton Gate.


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