Crystal Palace have no intention of selling Wilfried Zaha, insists Roy Hodgson
Last Updated: 14/05/18 12:22pm
Roy Hodgson insists selling star winger Wilfried Zaha is “the last thing on anyone’s mind” at Crystal Palace.
The Ivory Coast international closed out the season in excellent form with five goals in his final seven matches.
The 25-year-old won his first Premier League Player of the Month award in April and was named Palace's Player of the Year for the third successive time.
That form has inevitably led to Zaha being linked with a move away from Selhurst Park this summer but Hodgson insists the Eagles have no intention of letting their star man leave.
"Wilf knows exactly how we value him as a player and as a person because he's an important figure for us," Hodgson told Palace's website.
"He has a long-term contract and is one of our best-paid players, and the last thing on anyone's mind here is letting him go.
"As far as I'm concerned, until a day comes where an offer is made that the club accepts, that speculation can wash over my head."
Hodgson turned around Palace's fortunes this season after taking over with the club rock bottom of the league table with seven defeats from seven matches under Frank de Boer.
Sunday's 2-0 victory over West Brom secured an 11th-placed finish in the table and Hodgson, who is not expecting a busy summer in the transfer market, admits he would be happy with a similar outcome in 12 months.
"We want to keep the nucleus of this team together and hopefully strengthen in one or two areas to make certain that next season we can finish 11th again, which if we do will be a good achievement," Hodgson said.
"We have to be satisfied with that because we have modest expectations at the moment."