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Chelsea’s hopes of signing Wilfred Zaha in January have been quashed, after Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said the player won’t be leaving this month.
The Ivory Coast international has been linked with a move to a number of Premier league clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea, with Goal.com earlier reporting that Roy Hodgson wasn’t sure of the player’s future.
However the former England manager told Palace’s official website after Palace’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal, that the winger will not be sold in January.
“I have assurances from the club owners and chairman, Steve Parish, that [Zaha leaving] is not going to happen,” Hodgson said.
“We want to keep all the players we have got and ideally want to add to the squad in the January transfer window to strengthen even more.
“We are not too concerned about any rumours which might circulate because he is going nowhere.”
“Wilfred has been absolutely excellent for us in this recent good run we have had and of course he is the iconic Crystal Palace player, having been with us for so many years and being a local hero,” Hodgson added.
The 25-year-old has been key to Crystal Palace revival this season under Roy Hodgson, and after the defeat to Arsenal which ended their run of eight games without a defeat, they now lie one point above relegation zone.
The winger will be key to their push for survival and the manager knows it, a fact he was quick to note in his comment.
“He is doing everything he can to try and keep us out of the relegation zone and he is going to have to keep producing those type of performances for many more games because we have a long fight ahead of us.”
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