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SportHodgson not concerned by Southgate's Wan-Bissaka exclusion

18:30  14 march  2019
18:30  14 march  2019 Source:   readsport.co

Hodgson: Wan-Bissaka not fazed by transfer speculation

Hodgson: Wan-Bissaka not fazed by transfer speculation Roy Hodgson insists the constant speculation surrounding the future of highly-promising Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka “hasn’t bothered” the player, amidst links with a move to Manchester United at the end of the season. Man United are expected to be on the hunt for a new right-back ahead of club captain Antonio Valencia’s impending departure, and Wan-Bissaka has burst onto the scene this term – replacing Joel Ward as first-choice right-back. The 21-year-old has now made 35 appearances for Palace and has made 99 tackles so far in the current Premier League campaign – the joint-highest amount out of any other player.

Aaron Wan - Bissaka (born 26 November 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Crystal Palace as a right-back.

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Hodgson not concerned by Southgate's Wan-Bissaka exclusion © Dan Istitene/Getty Images Sport Southampton FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says that he is not concerned by Aaron Wan-Bissaka missing out on a place in the England squad.

Wan-Bissaka has been highly praised for his performances this season, but was not named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers this month.

The young right-back was, instead, named in the under-21 squad, with Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold making the senior squad in his position.

Speaking to The Mirror, former England boss Hodgson said this:

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Wan - Bissaka has already played for England's Under-21s, but is also eligible to represent Democratic Republic of Congo, and Hodgson expects the 21-year-old to be on Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate ' s radar. Wan - Bissaka has been impressive for Crystal Palace this season, keeping

Wan - Bissaka has already played for England's Under-21s, but is also eligible to represent Democratic Republic of Congo, and Hodgson expects the 21-year-old to be on Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate ' s radar. Wan - Bissaka has been impressive for Crystal Palace this season, keeping

“My eyebrows weren’t raised – I don’t see why they should be. ”

Hodgson not concerned by Southgate's Wan-Bissaka exclusion © Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Sport Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Sport

“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.”

Wan-Bissaka has been a regular at right-back for Palace this season, after initially breaking into the side towards the end of the previous campaign.

He is also eligible to represent DR Congo at international level, through his family.

How could Palace keep Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka?.
Could Palace keep both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha? Well, if they are to, Palace will need to do something special. With Aaron Wan-Bissaka linked with a number of clubs both in the Premier League and leagues across Europe and Zaha linked with Borussia Dortmund. Palace are looking likely to sell both of these players who are vital to the club’s success in the league. How can Palace keep these amazing players? At the time of writing Dortmund are top of the Bundesliga, ahead of Bayern Munich only on goal difference. So if Zaha is to move to Dortmund, he’ll be getting Champions League football and may be contesting for trophies.

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