Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes the club must continue to progress in order to keep hold of prized asset Wilfried Zaha.
Hodgson’s predecessor Frank de Boer fuelled speculation that Ivory Coast international Zaha may leave Selhurst Park after he was quoted as saying the player is capable of representing a “much bigger club than Palace” and linked him with a move to Liverpool.
Although Hodgson – whose team face a Premier League clash at Arsenal on Saturday – did not have an issue with De Boer’s comments, he admitted the Eagles must strive to match Zaha’s ambitions.
“That doesn’t bother me at all. It would surprise me if anybody was asked about Wilf Zaha if they don’t say about him what I would say about him; I think he’s an excellent player,” Hodgson said in response to De Boer’s interview with FourFourTwo magazine.
“What he’s done for Crystal Palace during my short time has been nothing but exceptional and I also know that he did an awful lot in the years before I came to the club so it would surprise me enormously if people did not say Wilf Zaha is a player with a very bright future who can go far.
“I think it’s up to us at Crystal Palace to try and keep improving our team and try to keep persuading him that he doesn’t need to move further afield to get the quality of football he needs and to play at the level he wants to play at.
“I certainly have nothing against anybody making those sort of positive comments.”
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