In the latest Crystal Palace news, manager Roy Hodgson has played down the likelihood of the club allowing star winger and player of the season Wilfried Zaha to leave this summer.
The Ivory Coast international has been the catalyst behind the Eagles’ excellent run during the second half of the season, securing their Premier League status last month.
Palace staying up looked highly unlikely at the start of the campaign following a run of seven consecutive defeats, Zaha missing the majority of those matches through injury.
Zaha’s return to fitness, coupled with Hodgson’s appointment as manager, helped the Selhurst Park club turn the corner and they could now even sneak into the top 10 with a victory over relegated West Brom on the final day of the season.
Zaha is 4/1 with Ladbrokes to score the first goal against the Baggies and add to his career-best tally of eight goals for the season.
The 25-year-old’s excellent form has attracted the attention of some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, including champions Manchester City, while Tottenham have reportedly maintained their interest having tried to sign him last summer.
With Palace having not won a game without Zaha since September 2016 he appears key to their future, and Hodgson has moved to calm any fears about him leaving.
“He must be very pleased that so many people are mentioning his name,” Hodgson said. “You can’t do anything about speculation and it always crops up.
“I am quite sanguine about it all, and like the fans and the players, want to keep him, and believe that we will have something quite serious to offer ourselves.
“I don’t blame other clubs for coveting him, but I believe he will still be our player next season.”