Hodgson praises “mature” response from Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace and player Wilfried Zaha wanted to part ways this summer, but in the end, the footballer was not sold but his response was very mature.

During the summer transfer window, Wilfried Zaha was clear he wanted to leave Crystal Palace.

But there was not an appropriate offer for his services, and in the end, he has remained at the English Premier League club.

And manager Roy Hodgson praises the “mature” response from his player.

“With Wilf, I don’t think anyone was thinking we definitely must block him because we want our best player still with us,” Hodgson said to Goal.

“We understood that if a really big offer comes his way and a much bigger club than Crystal Palace want him, and he is desperate to go, we are going to have to try and do some kind of deal.”

“The unfortunate thing for Wilf is that offer did not come his way from the sort of club that he would want,” he added.

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“I think [Palace chairman] Steve Parish has made that clear to Wilf and they’ve thrashed that side of it out.”

“As a result it is not a major problem for me with Wilf coming back, having accepted the situation. The way he works here is just the same as it was. Since the first day he has been mature about it,” the manager concluded.

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