Roy Hodgson reveals European ambition for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said that he has the ambition of guiding the Eagles to European football following mid-table finishes in the past few seasons. The south London side have managed to stay clear of the drop zone under the guidance of Hodgson and he is now keen to take the next step and push for European football.

Speaking in a press conference, Hodgson acknowledged that he has the dream of propelling the Eagles to the European places but that remains a challenge at the moment with the team in need of more investment, he told: “I think everyone aspires to it, you start the season always dreaming that this season will be better than the previous one and that you will finish higher up the league.”

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Neville Southall believes Everton have missed the trick of signing Zaha

Everton legend Neville Southall has said that the Toffees have missed the opportunity to lure Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this summer. The Ivory Coast international was recently the subject of a £55m bid from the Toffees which was declined, and the Merseyside outfit have since stated that they won’t be coming up with a renewed approach for the attacker.

As a result, Zaha appears set to remain with the south London club beyond the summer and Southall feels the Toffees should have done better to pursue the former Manchester United man, he said: “I don’t think he’ll go to Everton, full stop, but it would have been a good a signing for us. I think coming from Crystal Palace, Everton would be a step up and I do think if you look at what we have coming in the future, Everton would have been a better long-term prospect, but I don’t think the transfer is going to happen.” (more…)

Ian Wright speaks on potential Wilfried Zaha link with Arsenal

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said that it would be magnificent for the Gunners, should they pursue the signature of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this summer. The Ivorian has been regularly linked with the Gunners in the past few weeks and reports have emerged that the club have recently failed with an approach for his signature.

 

Speaking to South China Morning Post, Wright acknowledged that he would be pleased with the arrival of Zaha at the Emirates, but the club also need to improve on the midfield department, where a void has been left by the departure of Aaron Ramsey, he said: “We’re trying to get Wilfried Zaha, which would be magnificent.
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Adebayor suggests Aubameyang or Lacazette could leave Arsenal next season

Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Adebayor has aimed a dig at the north London outfit by suggesting that there are no assurances regarding the long-term futures of their leading players. The Togo international has previously indicated that he was pushed through the exit door during his time at Arsenal and he has predicted the same to happen with one of Aubameyang or Lacazette ahead of next season.

 

Speaking to The Mail, Adebayor said that he did not enjoy the best of times with the Capital outfit where there was the regular occurrence of players making the switch to the likes of Barcelona, he told: “It reached a time where you would go on holiday and be checking the Daily Mail website to see who is close to leaving for Barcelona or Milan.”
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Crystal Palace defender speaks on Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann believes the club cannot ward off the speculation regarding the futures of Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka amid their consistent performances in the club’s shirt. The Eagles recently secured a comfortable 2-0 triumph over Huddersfield and the duo were essential to the result with solid displays.

Speaking after the game, Dann highlighted the importance of keeping hold of Zaha and Wan-Bissaka at the club, given they have been crucial to their progress through the campaign. However, he added that the south London side cannot quell the speculation regarding their futures and there could come a time where they may have to part ways with the pairing.
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Roy Hodgson unsurprised with Aaron Wan-Bissaka England snub

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said that he is unsurprised with Aaron Wan-Bissaka being ignored for the England senior squad. The right-sided defender has one of the Premier League’s consistent defenders this term but this has not necessarily earned him the maiden call-up to the Three Lions.

 

Instead, he has been picked for the Under-21s once more and Hodgson insists the selection in itself can be termed as success, he said: “My eyebrows weren’t raised – I don’t see why they should be. He is picked for the England U21s which in itself is a very, very big honour. It is good to know that reading Gareth’s comments that he is obviously aware of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and what he can do. I don’t think Aaron, myself or anyone at the club should start to jumping onto media speculation regarding the player. It is up to him to keep playing well.”
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No Concrete Offers from Fenerbahce for Emmanuel Adebayor

İstanbul Başakşehir has admitted that the club has not received any offers from Fenerbahce for striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been on the books of the club since 2017. The Togo international has played for several high-profile clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham during his stellar career. However, the striker has been in the wilderness over the last few years and after a spell with Crystal Palace, he has moved to Turkish football with İstanbul Başakşehir. The journeyman does not appear to be resting anytime soon even at 34 years of age. He has been subjected to interest from Fenerbahce, who are keen to take him ahead of Leicester City.

 

However,İstanbul Başakşehir presidentGökselGümüşdağ has claimed that the club has not received any offers from Fenerbahce. He said that the club’s privacy and confidential transfer activity will not be opened up in this case. The presence of Emmanuel Adebayor has been threatened by the arrival of Demba Ba. The former Chelsea striker has returned to the big league after terminating his contract with Shanghai Shenhua. This will not be his first time in Turkish football, as he spent a period at Besiktas just after leaving Chelsea in 2014. The arrival of Demba Ba is a significant blow for Adebayor’s hopes of getting regular first-team football.
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Robinho joins Adebayor at Basaksehir

Robinho, Emmanuel Adebayor’s former strike-partner when they were both playing for Manchester City, has signed up for Istanbul Basaksehir, the Super Lig leaders – so their partnership can be re-born!

The thirty-four year Brazilian has switched from another Turkish outlet Sivasspor (currently in 9th position in the table) after some impressive performances over the previous year. Robinho has played quite well this season and has managed to secure 8 goals for Sivasspor, becoming the third top scorer of the Turkish league in the process. However, Istanbul Basaksehir has made an announcement that the Brazilian forward is going to join their team on one and half year contract, which will take them to the end of the 2019/20 season. (more…)

Emery has improved Arsenal

Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor believes that the new Arsenal manager has improved the team since his arrival. He said that he has been following the team whenever he had some free time and he believes that the club is tougher to beat now.

 

Emmanuel Adebayor said that he watched the London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal and he was impressed by how Arsenal was playing during this game. He said that they did not give Tottenhamplayers time and space on the ball and that they were fighting for every ball.
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