Transfer: Crystal Palace manager reveals club he expects Zaha to play for next season

Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson, has said he expects Wilfried Zaha back at the club and denied any knowledge of the player requesting a transfer away from the club.

Zaha has been the subject of interest from Arsenal this summer, with Hodgson himself declaring the Gunners offer did not come “anywhere near” their valuation earlier this week.

Reports circulated this week indicating the Ivorian winger had informed Palace he wanted a move away from the club upon his return from the Africa Cup of Nations, but Hodgson insists he has heard nothing of the sort.

“He has not spoken to me. I don’t know if he’s spoken to the club [asking to leave].

“As far as I’m concerned, he is coming back, he is our player and I’ve been given no information that the club is interested in selling him at the moment.

“I’m just expecting him back, looking forward to working with him and seeing some of the things he can do for us.

“I think he has got another 10 days or another week of holiday. I think he is back after we play Bristol City and before we play Hertha Berlin – that gives him his three weeks off. If he wants to come back earlier we will be very happy to see him,” Hodgson told reporters

Palace continued their pre-season preparations, with a 1-0 friendly defeat to Nottingham Forest on Friday.