Hodgson: Palace must ‘remain realistic’ over Zaha, Wan-Bissaka

Date published: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 8:45

Roy Hodgson admits that any offers for Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will “be assessed” despite Crystal Palace wanting to keep them at the club.

Zaha has been linked with a move to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, while Wan-Bissaka is a reported target for Manchester United and Manchester City.

And Hodgson admits that he isn’t planning to lose the duo but thinks the club must “remain realistic” over their chances of holding onto them.

“It (speculation) has been happening on a regular basis this season that Wilf and Aaron have been linked with other clubs,” said Hodgson.

“We have moved to England now, we were in Germany for a while. We are back in England now – being linked with moves to bigger clubs in the Premier League.

“The good thing for me is one has a five-year contract (Zaha) and one has a four-year contract (Wan-Bissaka).

“The club is certainly in no way advertising them or promoting them as saleable objects. We would be more than happy to keep them.

“But we just have to remain realistic and see what happens. If offers come in they will obviously be assessed, like everything else.

“As I heard Manuel Pellegrini quite rightly say the other day [when discussing Declan Rice’s future]: every footballer player does have a price.

“The fact they have long contracts; that doesn’t mean to say their feet are nailed down to Selhurst Park or Beckenham here.

“But we have no interest in selling either player. Our aim, our intention, our hope is that we will start next season with both of those in our team.

“And if not, we will have to hope that the offers for them are sufficiently good that the club feels they will be worth taking.”


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