Roy Hodgson concedes it might not be ‘easy to keep hold of’ reported Chelsea target

We are getting close to Chelsea finding out whether they will be able to sign players or not during the winter window.

Chelsea are expected to hear the result of their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport by around the middle of December, and today we have hit the 1st of the month,

As the festive period begins, speculation for January heats up, and Chelsea are very much involved in this.

They have been linked to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha a few times over the past year or so, and again this week by The Telegraph.

Their reliable reporter Matt Law has said once again that Zaha is ‘on the radar’ of Chelsea.

The 27-year old scored for his team yesterday after a fine display. And it’s a performance that his manager knows will bring more speculation once again regarding him leaving the club.

Hodgson is expecting more links in January, and he concedes that it might be hard to keep Zaha at the club.

As reported by The Evening Standard, Hodgson said:

“We’ve never wanted to lose him. But, when you’re Crystal Palace, and I think Burnley would regard themselves in the same situation, when a player does exceptionally well and there’s lots of clubs after them and prepared to pay big money, it’s not always that easy to keep hold of them.

“We can’t say to Wilf, ‘You’ve got to stay with us because we’ll be Champions League next year’.

“I’m happy that it didn’t materialise, I think he’s done exceptionally well to get over that and accept it and make certain he’s once again doing his level best for this club.

“Who knows, there might come a time in the future where we’re confronted with that situation again. But, until that day arrives, I’ll carry on working with him, being happy to be working with him and happy that we’ve got a player of his ability to help us win football matches.”