Hodgson reveals how long he hopes Spurs target will remain at Palace

Wilfried Zaha has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur by the media on a regular basis since the end of last season (Daily Express).

Speculation increased about the Crystal Palace player’s future in South London once again following an interview the player gave to the Daily Mail.

Zaha spoke of his desire to play in the Champions League and to compete for silverware whilst backing his ability to be able to cut it at the highest level of club competition football.

While Tottenham have been credited with interest, French giants PSG are also said to be keen on the winger who had a disappointing stint at Manchester United before returning to Selhurst Park.

The 26-year-old was on target in Palace’s surprise 3-2 victory against Arsenal yesterday afternoon which could have a significant effect on who finishes in the top four come the end of the season.

After the match, Palace boss Roy Hodgson was asked about Zaha’s future and played down the newspaper interview and insisted that he hopes the Ivory Coast international will remain at the club for the years ahead.

Hodgson told the BBC: “He’s on a four-year contract, he’s one of our highest-paid players and he’s absolutely adored by the fans and everyone in south-east London,” 

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m looking forward to working with him not only in the near future, but I’m looking forward to seeing him in the Crystal Palace shirt for many years to come.

“The question is how many players, if the question is put to them, would say: ‘I don’t want to play Champions League football.’

“You just congratulate the journalist; he’s caught him at the right moment and extracted an honest answer out of him.”

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