Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that he wasn’t shocked by former club boss Frank De Boer’s comments regarding the future of star Wilfred Zaha.
The former England manager was responding to comments made by De Boer, who believes Zaha should move to a bigger club, with Liverpool a suitable destination.
De Boer was sacked after just four matches in charge of Palace. He told FourFourTwo: “Liverpool would be a great club for him but I’m going to see what he does in the future, I’m very interested in him because I think he has a great potential.”
The 25-year-old winger has been impressive for the Eagles this season. The Ivorian has rediscovered his form under Hodgson, going from losing their opening seven games to sitting 12th in the Premier League this January, scoring four goals in the process.
Hodgson however, seemed to indicate he would be more surprised if people weren’t linking the Ivory Coast star with moves away from South London.
“It doesn’t bother me at all and it would surprise me if anyone who is asked about Wilf Zaha doesn’t say that about him and I would say that about him. I think he’s an excellent player,” Hodgson said to the Croydon Advertiser.
“What he has done for Crystal Palace during my short time with the club has been nothing but exceptional and I also know that he did an awful lot for Crystal Palace in the years before I came to the club.
“It would surprise me enormously if people didn’t say that Wilf Zaha is a player with a very bright future and is a player than can go far.”
Despite the player confirming to BBC Sport in December that he was not leaving the club in this transfer window, there is still talk of whether he will make the move away from Selhurst Park in the future.
Hodgson believes that if the club continues to match Zaha’s excellent level of football, then there is no reason for the player to leave.
The Palace boss continued: “I think it is up to us, at Crystal Palace, to try to keep improving our team and trying to keep persuading him that he doesn’t need to move further afield to get the quality of football he needs and to play at the level that he wants to play at.
“I certainly have nothing against anybody making those positive comments. I would be a little bit more disappointed in a manager who had worked with Wilf Zaha if they didn’t say something positive about him.”
Crystal Palace’s next league fixture is away to Arsenal this Saturday.
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