As of yesterday, the former Manchester United player
officially put in a transfer request, and then today he missed training as he
desperately tried to engineer a transfer before today’s 5pm transfer deadline.
Speaking to Sky
Sports, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Wilfried Zaha
is going nowhere – but also that the player is hugely unhappy at that fact.
From Hodgson, “Yes, he’s staying. We are pleased about that.
He’s an important player for the club.”
The interesting part, however, was the Palace boss going on to
add, “Everyone here has a good relationship with him. There’s not a problem
with him. His beef is with the chairman and owners of the club because he
wanted to leave and they haven’t received the offer that the think is
sufficient to allow him to love.”
Hodgson rightly pointed out the long contract Zaha signed
with Palace – a contract that still has four years to run – and that the
Selhurst Park club didn’t receive an offer that they thought to be acceptable
for their star player.
For Wilfried Zaha, it looks like it might be a long few
months ahead as any move now appears that it won’t be happening until at least
January – and that’s only if Palace are willing to sell the player.