Earlier today, we covered quotes from Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka stating that he isn’t looking for a move away this summer and now his boss Roy Hodgson has weighed in on the discussion, echoing the sentiments of his young star.
As part of his routine press conference before this weekend’s tip to face Cardiff City, the Eagles’ gaffer was pressed for clarity over Wan-Bissaka’s chances of flying the nest this summer but as usual, Roy played away any hysteria with a straight bat, making reference to Aaron’s long-term contract and the high esteem he’s held in at Selhurst.
Having regularly been faced with questions relating to Wilfried Zaha’s future over the last few years, Palace as a club are well versed in navigating the choppy waters of constant transfer speculation but these things are made so much more simple when the player in question refuses to fan the flames, allowing Hodgson, Parish and co. to control the narrative around the stories relatively easily.
Roy sees and works with Aaron every day in training and after more than 50 years in the game, you’d like to think he has a pretty solid grasp on how they’re feeling ahead of an imminent summer break. The long and short of it is that until a concrete bid comes in for him, there is next to nothing for Roy or any Palace official to discuss in-depth. How big will clubs have to go if they are to force our hand? I’d tentatively suggest it’ll be well in excess of £40 million but that is a story for a different day.
Everything points towards us going into next season with Wan-Bissaka still on our books, if that changes between now and August you’ll know immediately but the main thing to know is that Palace aren’t actively looking to cash in their chips just yet.