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Hodgson insists he has ‘no reason to fear’ Wan-Bissaka exit

Roy Hodgson has said that he is not fearing that Aaron Wan-Bissaka will leave the club after the youngsters rise to prominence this season.

The 21-year-old has established himself as a first team regular for Crystal Palace this season, putting in a number of impressive and mature displays at right-back.

His form has seen him linked with a potential summer move to Manchester United, who are on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia, who is set to leave the club on a free in the summer, while Arsenal have also been linked.

However, the England U21 international has three years left on his contract at Selhurst Park and earlier this week was named the clubs player of the year, and Palace boss Hodgson has said that the interest being shown in him is understandable, although he does not fear a summer departure.

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“I have no reason to fear that Aaron won’t be continuing here,” Hodgson said in his pre-match press conference. “He has a contract and he seems happy enough with us.

“It is a fact of life that when you have got players who do well, they are always going to be coveted by other clubs.

“We’re not naive. We understand football works that way, but he has signed a long-term contract and we signed him to be a long-term player with us.

“He knows he is very well appreciated and liked here, not just by the staff at Crystal Palace, but the supporters, too.”

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