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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confessed that he is not worried about the latest round of speculation about the future of forward Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha is rarely found away from the gossip column, as he has been linked to a big money move away from Palace for what seems like forever. This time, it is believed that AC Milan is interested in the Ivorian.
Addressing questions about the future of Zaha, who has scored eight goals and two assists in 14 appearances this season, is nothing new for Hodgson, who admitted at a press conference that he hardly acknowledges the rumors anymore.
“There has been so much speculation regarding Wilf over the years that I tend to let those concerns go away, as they often do,” Hodgson said (via Sky Sports News).
“Wilf is good and it doesn’t surprise me that there are clubs that would like to sign him, but there are a lot of things that need to be put in place before a player leaves a club.”
“I am happy at the moment that Wilf is playing as he is, showing his discipline and focus and his passion for football and the club, and unless they give me a reason to think otherwise, I hope that continues.” “
Zaha, whose contract will run until 2023, has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League, but even submitting a transfer request in the summer of 2019 was not enough to close a deal.
However, with Palace currently working at 15th place in the Premier League, Zaha’s frustrations could grow in the coming months, especially if a move towards Serie A leader Milan does not materialize.
Palace is understood to be prepared to sell, but only if a club makes an offer that meets its valuation of Zaha, which stood near the £ 100 million pre-pandemic mark.
There is almost certainly no chance of either party paying close to that fee for a 28-year-old whose contract is slowly ending, but it remains to be seen whether Palace will adjust its demands.
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