Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson insists that there was never any interest from the club in selling Wilfried Zaha following the winger’s goal against Fulham.
Filed: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 22:20 UK
Last Updated: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 22:20 UK
Zaha began the season with a goal in Palace’s 2-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage this afternoon, putting transfer speculation behind him to help the Eagles get off to a winning start.
“We had no interest in selling Wilfried Zaha. We want him at the club as many years as we can have him. He’s a South London, Crystal Palace player and he knows we really appreciate what he can do for us,” Hodgson told reporters.
“[Hennessey] finished the end of the season exceptionally well. Both goalkeepers have done well in pre-season; I had no reason to take the shirt from Wayne. That decision was justified today.
“We didn’t start well, but that was largely due to Fulham starting well. They won the ball quickly, were sharp and quick into tackles, making it difficult to play the ball through midfield. But we got better and better.
“Scoring a goal helps to put a team on the back foot and, second half, we were much better. Slavisa [Jokanovic] is probably not unhappy with the way his team played, but unhappy with the result. We scored two very good goals.”
Palace’s second game of the season will see them host Liverpool next Monday night.
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