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Crystal Palace’s star winger will stay, says Roy Hodgson

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson trusted the fact that his best forward will not leave the club ahead of the transfer deadline.

Roy Hodgson expected forward Wilfried Zaha will stay at Crystal Palace before the transfer ends on Monday.

Evidently, Zaha started the season gracefully. He scored remarkably to put his team ahead against Southampton, also, netted twice as Palace beat Manchester United.

The Ivory Coast international frequently inclined towards leaving Selhurst Park for the second time. Arsenal heavily connected in the past, whereas, his former club United want to buy him once again.

Despite all the speculations, gaffer Hodgson is positive about the 27-year-old right-winger.

Hodgson said: “I have been told, and I think Wilf has had it made clear to him. That we are not interested in late bids.

“If it was going to happen, it would need to happen in a time frame which would give us a chance to see what we would want to do with the money.

“So close to the end of the transfer window, I would certainly hope it will not happen now. And I want to continue working with him.”

Free agent Nathaniel Clyne.

Consequently, Nathaniel Clyne trained for Palace after his free release from Liverpool. He could make a possible move to the Eagles.

“We believe and hope he is getting back to his best,” Hodgson said of the right-back.

“In the coming days, we will reassess because it is a position where we are not covered at the moment because the young lad [Nathan Ferguson] we brought in to play in that position is still struggling with a knee injury.

“There is an opportunity I think for someone like Nathaniel to come into the club. If that is what everyone at the club wants and thinks is the right thing to do. Certainly, I have been impressed.”

Palace plays against Chelsea in the Premier League action on the weekend. The Blues’ manager Frank Lampard affirmed that Christian Pulisic will be on the bench for the game. Although, Hakim Ziyech will still be out of the squad.