Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says his squad is packed with good players who are capable of playing Champions League football.
Defender Mamadou Sakho is the latest player whose future has come into the spotlight after he gave an interview when on international duty with France suggesting he has ambitions to play in the Champions League, while Wilfried Zaha is regularly linked with moves away from Selhurst Park.
Hodgson accepts his squad is full of players who could make the step up, but thinks the Eagles can keep them happy. “I don’t think Zaha is the only player in our squad that is capable of playing at a higher level for one of the teams above us in the league,” Hodgson said.
“But we are lucky enough to have them under contract and we try our best to make certain they are happy here and satisfied with everything Crystal Palace can provide for them. “I think we can provide a lot, I don’t underrate ourselves to the extent that I am being encouraged to constantly talk about the top four or five clubs.”
Sakho has been one of the leading performers for Palace this season at centre-half and Hodgson has no issue with him speaking about his ambitions, because he knows the club are in a position of power.
The former England manager added: “I don’t think you can expect them to give any other answer than the one they give. “I don’t know anything about the potential moves Mamadou is talking about, they were never brought to my attention.
“As a club we weren’t faced with any bids to reject or accept. As far as I am concerned, this season his performances and his attitude and the way he has taken so much responsibility has been exemplary. “So I don’t pay too much attention to the stories that come out of international camps because they are always biased in a certain way, Mamadou is committed here and we know that we will have that commitment for as long as he stays here.
“If he has ambitions to leave we have two years of a contract left and we will have to deal with the offers when they come in, but at the moment it is not something we are concerned with.”