Roy Hodgson ‘not surprised’ by new Wilfried Zaha transfer speculation
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he is not affected by the latest round of speculation about the future of forward Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha rarely finds herself far from the gossip column, having been linked with a very expensive Palace move for what feels like an eternity. This time, it is AC Milan who would be passionate about the Ivorian.
Dealing with questions about the future of Zaha, who has managed eight goals and two assists in 14 appearances this season, is nothing new for Hodgson, who admitted at a press conference that he barely recognizes rumors.
“There has been so much speculation about Wilf over the years that I tend to let these concerns go, 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 a lot of things need to be in place before a player leaves a club.
“I’m just happy when Wilf is playing the way he is, showing off his discipline, his focus and his passion for football and the club, and unless I am given a reason to think otherwise, I would expect that this continues. “
Zaha, whose contract is expected to last 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 secure a deal.
However, with Palace currently working on 15th place in the Premier League, Zaha’s frustrations could well escalate in the coming months, especially if a move to Serie A leaders Milan does not materialize.
Palace are said to be ready to sell, but only if a club submits an offer that respects their valuation of Zaha, which was close to £ 100million before the pandemic.
There is almost certainly no chance that one party will pay near a level of these fees for a 28-year-old whose contract is slowly ending, but it remains to be seen if Palace will adjust his demands.
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