Roy Hodgson mocks Wilfried Zaha to China rumours to relief of Crystal Palace fans

ROY HODGSON has mocked suggestions Wilfried Zaha could be tempted to quit for a lucrative move to China.

Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang are reported to have offered Zaha an £11million-a-year deal to move to the Far East.

Roy Hodgson mocks Wilfried Zaha to China rumours to relief of Crystal Palace fansGetty Images – Getty3 Wilfried Zaha is said to be the target of the Chinese Super League

But Palace boss Hodgson scoffed at the idea the 26-year-old would be prepared to walk away from the Premier League at the peak of his career to move to China.

Hodgson said: "I don't understand why someone, who has such an enormous future at the very top level of the game in England, and who has just signed a four-year contract with a very good salary at a club where he is very much liked and admired and respected, would decide I'm going to pass all that up and go to China instead.

"I don't understand why you would want to do that. I'm not saying it's totally wrong, I'm not saying this is an impossibility by any stretch of the imagination.

"All I am saying is I literally know nothing about it and until such time as a concrete situation where a Chinese club is wanting to pay us the money we would want.

Roy Hodgson mocks Wilfried Zaha to China rumours to relief of Crystal Palace fansGetty Images – Getty3 Roy Hodgson mocked the idea Zaha would quit the Premier League for China
Roy Hodgson mocks Wilfried Zaha to China rumours to relief of Crystal Palace fansReuters3 Palace are more than a one-man team of Zaha, says Roy Hodgson

"Until the day that situation arises, and we work had to prevent that because we don't want the money, we want the player, and he tells us 'I'm turning my back on Premier League football and going to China instead', then I'll take it seriously."

Eagles manager Hodgson has also snapped back at claims both Palace and Chelsea are one-man teams.

Palace have been dubbed one for relying on Zaha's attacking threats and creativity while Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has popped up with a crucial 12 goals for the Blues this season.

However, Hodgson, whose side host Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Sunday says his squad is littered with unsung heroes, who barely get a mention.

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He said: "Any accusation to a manager of a team or a player in the team that you are a one-man team would be very unwillingly accepted.

"Most of us would point out that's not the case but people still say what they want to say.

"If you're asking me do I think Chelsea are a one-man team, I don't. Or if Palace are a one-man team, then I don't.

"Each team has got good players and good players are the ones that grab the headlines. I'm pretty sure Manchester City would reject suggestions Sergio Aguero makes them a one-man team.

"Do these teams have very good players capable of turning a game and making the game a successful one for them, then I'm pretty sure Sarri and myself would be happy to say yes.

"Hazard and Wilf come into that category."

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