Roy Hodgson confident of keeping Wilfried Zaha


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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says Wilfried Zaha has given him no indication that he wants to leave the club.

Chelsea are the latest side to be linked with the winger who was a vital player for the Eagles last season as they recovered from a terrible start to comfortably retain their Premier League status.

German international Max Meyer is the third player to move to Selhurst Park this summer after Vicente Guaita and Cheikhou Kouyate but it is the possible departure of Zaha which has concentrated minds as they prepare for the new season.

However, Hodgson has moved to dampen down talk over the player’s future, insisting he is happy at the club.

He told talkSPORT: “I spoke to Wilf yesterday and he certainly gave me no indication it was true about wanting to quit the club. In fact, we were talking about how good the new signings were and how they would help us.

“I’m afraid I prefer to stay in that world where I speak to the players and watch them train rather than follow what is happening in the mass media.

“The thing with Wilf is very simple. He’s very much an integral part of our plans. He’s very much an integral part of Crystal Palace Football Club.”

Palace play a pre-season match at home to Toulouse on Saturday while some of the squad will also be involved against Kingstonian before they get the new Premier League season underway next weekend with a visit to newly promoted Fulham.

They are 3.00 to start off with a win with Fulham 2.38 and the draw is 3.40.

Palace finished 11th in the league last season but they are 6.50 to be relegated this term while they are 126.00 to be the top club in London.

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