Roy Hodgson comments on Everton, Manchester City target Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Roy Hodgson manager

Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been linked with Everton and Manchester City this week.

Roy Hodgson manager

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has told Sky Sports that he isn't losing any sleep over rumours linking right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka with a move away in2019.

After bringing through the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Victor Moses and Wilfried Zaha over the years, the Palace youth academy has another gem in Wan-Bissaka.

The former winger has converted to play as a right back in recent times, and having stepped into the side out of necessity last season, he is now one of the first names on Hodgson's teamsheet.

 

An outstanding defender with great pace to get forward and contribute in the final third, Wan-Bissaka is a superb prospect at the age of just 20, and looks destined for a huge future.

The problem for Palace – just as it was with Clyne, Moses and Zaha – is that other clubs are now taking notice, with The Sun reporting that Everton have identified Wan-Bissaka as a top target to be Seamus Coleman's competition and eventual successor.

Then, The Mirror added that Manchester City are also keen on Wan-Bissaka, with Pep Guardiola looking to add him to eventually take over from Kyle Walker at right back.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace looks on during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace at Liberty Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Ahead of this weekend's game against Tottenham Hotspur, Hodgson has been asked about the situation – and put a dent to any hopes Marcel Brands may have had of luring the England Under-21 ace to Goodison Park.

Hodgson suggested that the rumours are a compliment of Wan-Bissaka's displays, and added that he has no desire or intention of letting him leave, meaning it isn't on his mind or keeping him up at night.

“It's good I suppose that there are people out there writing stories, who see the quality of Bissaka and appreciate what he's been doing and linking [him] with another club,” said Hodgson. “But as far as we're concerned of course we have him as our player, he's under contract with us and we have no desire or intention of selling him so it's certainly not anything which occupies my waking moments or sleeping moments either for that matter,” he added.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park on August 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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