Chelsea-linked Zaha doesn't want to leave Crystal Palace, says Hodgson

Crystal Palace's Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha celebrates after scoring the equalising goal during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at the

It is thought that Chelsea want to sign Zaha as a pre-emptive replacement for Eden Hazard, who is keen on a move to Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old has now rediscovered his best form and was the talisman for the Eagles the last term scoring nine goals and notching up five assists as well.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is confident Wilfried Zaha wants to stay.

Zaha was also reportedly a target for Manchester City, but the club opted to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City instead.

A switch to Everton fell through earlier in the summer when Zaha decided he wanted to remain in London.

"A few years have moved on and he's established himself even more as one of the most talented players in his position in the league".

Tottenham were interested in signing Zaha this window, but have chose to pursue Aston Villa's Jack Grealish instead.

Further, it is reported that Zaha has rejected the club's advance at renewing his contract and bettering the package he now earns, with fresh terms giving him up to £125,000-a-week, a decent step-up from a recent contract he signed that sees him earn £100,000-a-week now.

There has certainly been more talk of outgoings at Chelsea this summer than incomings but with just a week until the transfer window closes, it looks as though the Blues will make a signing or two.

But they shouldn't worry too much yet, as the club have no pressure to sell the Ivorian should the Blues not come close to the £70 million Parish wants as he's tied down to a long-term contract.

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