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Hodgson is sure Zaha will be next after signing a new deal at Palace

By Staff Reporter

Roy Hodgson is "confident" Wilfried Zaha will follow his lead in signing a new contract to remain at Crystal Palace.

The manager, who turned 71 on Thursday, has agreed new terms to commit until 2020.

He revealed similar discussions are ongoing with his finest player at the conclusion of a transfer window in which his future became uncertain.

"There's never been any question of the club wanting or being interested in any offers for Wilf Zaha," said Hodgson, whose men travel to face Fulham today. "We said at a very early stage, myself, the chairman and the American owners, that we don't want to bring that many in, and don't want to lose the good players we have.

"I'm delighted (Zaha is staying). He'll be happy too, because he's such an iconic figure at this club.

"That discussion (about a new contract for Zaha) has been going on but, as far as I'm concerned, that's between Wilf and the club. I'm just confident they'll find the solution everyone's happy with."

New signings Vicente Guaita, Jordan Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate are in contention for debuts, with Max Meyer to miss out due to a lack of fitness.

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