Hodgson hopes to keep Saha for the longest period with Crystal Palace

The technical manager seeks to maintain the basic strength of his team for a long time.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has stressed that retaining the core strength of the team, especially Wilfrid Saha, his Ivorian striker, was a condition of his agreement to renew his contract.
Hodgson renewed his contract with the club until 2020 after good work since he took charge, which made the administration extend his contract.
“We said at a very early stage, I and the president and the American owners, that we do not want to bring in a lot of players and certainly do not want to lose the good players they own,” the 71-year-old told reporters before the Premier League start.

“I am happy to have Zaha, too, because he is an important player in this club, and when you have a player of this quality there will always be speculation because there are other clubs that want to sign him.”

“The debate about a new contract has been going on, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s a special thing for him and the club, I’m sure they’ll find a solution that satisfies everyone.”

The former England manager took up his post at Selhurst Park in September last year after Frank de Boer suffered five consecutive defeats in the Premier League.

“I am thrilled to have the support of the owners, who think I am the right man to help this club achieve good results and I will do my best to achieve that,” the coach concluded.

The first round meeting will bring together Crystal Palace and Fulham on Saturday (August 11th).

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