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Palace take 'realistic' stance on stars' future

3rd April 2019, 11:03 by Neil Foster

Roy Hodgson is "realistic" over Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka but insists Crystal Palace want to keep their best players.

The duo are two of Palace's most high-profile players, with 26-year-old Zaha the driving force behind much of the side's attacking play while Wan-Bissaka, 21, is being touted as a future England international.

The stars have been linked with other clubs at times during the season, with Ivory Coast ace Zaha seemingly on Borussia Dortmund's radar, while both Manchester clubs are thought to have shown more than just a passing interest in Wan-Bissaka.

Hodgson is keen to continue working with the players beyond this campaign but knows that, with the pair able to command sizeable transfer fees, any bid will be given due attention.

"The good thing for me is one has a five-year contract (Zaha) and one has a four-year contract (Wan-Bissaka)," he said. "The club is certainly in no way advertising them or promoting them as saleable objects. We would be more than happy to keep them.

"But we just have to remain realistic and see what happens. If offers come in they will obviously be assessed, like everything else."

The Eagles are likely to be playing Premier League football once again next season as they sit eight points clear of the relegation zone.

The club have protected their prized assets well but the former England chief is aware that they could still be snapped up by the big boys.

"The fact they have long contracts; that doesn't mean to say their feet are nailed down to Selhurst Park or Beckenham here," added Hodgson.

"But we have no interest in selling either player. Our aim, our intention, our hope is that we will start next season with both of those in our team."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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