Hodgson: Zaha Not Interested In Joining Chelsea

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Wilfried Zaha Tells Crystal Palace Stars He Wants To Join Chelsea Chelsea appear to be winning the race for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha as he has reportedly told his Palace team-mates he wants to leave Selhurst Park.

Wilfried Zaha is staying at Crystal Palace and has no interest in joining Chelsea, according to club manager, Roy Hodgson.

The Eagles already rejected a deal of £30 million plus Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea for the winger and have evaluated the Ivory Coast international at £70 million.

He scored nine goals last season to keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

It has been claimed Zaha has told his team-mates he wants to leave but Hodgson has denied the speculation.

“I don’t read those stories to be perfectly honest, they circulate all the time,” Hodgson 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.

“Everyone likes him. Everyone admires him, he knows that and I think he likes and respects the club as well.

“So, my hope and my plan absolutely is that he will stay. I’ll let the speculation continue and I will continue happy to work with him.”



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