“Obviously Sir Alex signed him, loaned him back and then at the end of the season Sir Alex unfortunately retired and [David] Moyes took over.

“I think that was really bad timing for Wilfried because I believe if Sir Alex had still been in charge he would have been one of the best players out there now.”

Following Palace’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Sunday, Hodgson admitted it was sad Zaha wants to leave.

“It’s obviously affected him because his form in the last few weeks has really been quite poor considering what he is capable of doing,” Hodgson said.

source: express.co.uk

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