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Ivory Coast star turns down new contract in effort to force Chelsea move

Wilfried Zaha has rejected a new contract with Crystal Palace in order to help force a move away from Selhurst Park before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

The Ivory Coast international has emerged as a target for both Chelsea and Tottenham after a fine season with the Eagles.

Zaha scored nine times and laid on five assists for his team-mates last term as Roy Hodgson’s side fought back from near certain relegation to an 11th placed finish.

And The Express now report the 25-year-old has rejected a new deal with Palace in order to force a move away from the club before the end of next week.

Zaha is also understood to have confided in his team-mates that he wants to quit the club.

Despite reports the flying winger wants to leave Selhurst Park however, Roy Hodgson remains keen to keep hold of his star man and insists Zaha has given him no clues that he intends to quit.

Hodgson said: “I spoke to Wilf on Thursday and he certainly gave me no indication that he wanted to quit the club.

“In fact, we were talking about how good the new signings were and how they would help us.

“The thing with Wilf is very simple. He’s very much an integral part of our plans, he’s very much an integral part of this club.”

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