Roy Hodgson ‘expects Wilfried Zaha to see out contract’ in transfer stand

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Roy Hodgson says he is counting on Wilfried Zaha to remain with Crystal Palace and admitted he expects the winger to see out his three-year contract.

Zaha was the subject of offers from Arsenal and Everton during the summer, but Palace rejected the advances of both clubs.

Palace were able to hold on to their star man, who is under contract until 2022-23, but he has made no secret of his desire to leave.

However Hodgson has no immediate concerns about Zaha leaving anytime soon, despite the upcoming January transfer window.

“We’re very pleased to have him with us still, and I’m very much counting on having him with us still, but of course you never know,” Hodgson told Sky Sports .

Zaha is desperate to leave Crystal Palace

“When you’re a team like ourselves with a player like him there’s always going to be the risk that bids and attempts to prise him away will happen to you.

“Fortunately for me and the club we’ve been able to bat those requests away. But you have to take each situation as it comes.

“I’m hoping there won’t be any bids for him, but if there is one it will be up to the club to take into consideration what is the right thing to do.”

Arsenal failed with a £40 million bid for Zaha earlier in the summer, which fell well below Palace’s valuation.

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The Ivorian winger later handed in a transfer request to try and force through a move to Everton, who were reportedly offering a structured deal worth £70 million.

Hodgson added: “In the summer, the club received at least one bid they didn’t feel was the right one to accept and he – unfortunately, if he chooses to see it that way – had to respect the three or four-year contract he signed with the club.

“Players are always going to be coveted by other teams, but when you sign a long-term contract with a club you have to be accepting of the fact the chances are that the club won’t accept those bids and the club will say to you ‘no, you’ve signed a three-year contract with us and we expect you to play for three years.”



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