Roy Hodgson rubbishes Wilfried Zaha to Dortmund rumours

Roy Hodgson rubbishes Wilfried Zaha to Dortmund rumours
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha and manager Roy Hodgson

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jan 27, 2019. 09:15

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has rubbished rumours of a move for his Ivorian attacker Wilfried Zaha to German giants Borussia Dortmund.

The Elephants star is a key figure for Palace and signed a new contract at the club at the start of the season, tying himself to Selhurst Park until 2023.

However, after selling Christian Pulisic to Chelsea, Bundesliga leaders Dortmund are reportedly hoping to land Zaha as a replacement.

“There has been no dialogue whatsoever between Borussia Dortmund and Crystal Palace,” Hodgson said in response to question about the mooted move.

“Wilf signed a long-term contract with Crystal Palace. He’s very much our player.

“I’d be very surprised if there were any clubs out there who wouldn’t think he’s very good, but that doesn’t mean they are going to try and buy him.

“I’m (also) not prepared to talk about any individual players because we could be here all afternoon if I was supposed to take notice of every player we’re supposedly interested in.

“We have two players coming back from long-term injuries. Connor Wickham, after two years’ absence, and Christian Benteke coming back from a serious operation.

“We don’t know how long it will take before he is back to the player we know he can be, so we don’t have an awful lot of attacking options.

“So it’s not surprising we’re being linked with attacking players. But we do have players. A lot depends upon how it pans out with Connor and Christian in terms of their recovery.”

Palace will host Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Selhurst Park later today.

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