The manager of Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson, has insisted that the club did not buy Eberechi Eze from second division club, Queens Park Rangers, in 2020, to make a profit on him after his first season at the club.
Hodgson also stressed that it has never crossed his mind that the 22-year-old attacking midfielder would leave the club anytime soon even if suitors are showing interest in him.
Recall that Eberechi Eze joined Crystal Palace from QPR on August 28, 2020, for a transfer fee worth about €17.80 million. Since he joined the Premier League club from the Championship side, the English youngster has been able to establish himself at the club that he hardly misses league matches.
His form in the league has attracted the attention of the English football association and that of Nigeria as the player is yet to confirm the national team he will like to represent at the senior level. He is currently eligible to represent either Nigeria or England.
As the two countries are critically monitoring the skillful player for their national teams, so does Roy Hodgson wants the management of Crystal Palace to ensure that they keep the youngster at the club against all odds.
On Saturday, May 8, 2021, Eberechi Eze whose contract with Crystal Palace will expire in June 2025 scored his 4th Premier League goal of the season in Crystal Palace’s 0-2 win over Sheffield United.
After the Premier League game, coach Hodgson admitted that the club has invested so much in Eberechi Eze that the club would not want to see him go anytime soon since he just joined the club in August 2020.
“It has not really occurred to me as we’ve only just signed him”, the coach said.
“It was quite an investment for our club to pay 15 (million pounds) and then five (million pounds) in add-ons – that’s quite a big investment for us.
“I wasn’t contemplating that it was an investment that would only last one season and then he would move somewhere else, so I hope that is not the case.
“I am pretty sure the club will work very, very hard to make sure any interest in him will be warded off because we bought him into the football club to play for us and to make us better, we didn’t bring him into the club to make some small profit on a transfer at the end of the first season.
“It is his first season since coming from the Championship and you expect people to need a bit of time to get fully adjusted to playing at this level, and we are delighted with him.”
Crystal Palace are currently sitting on the 13th spot on the league table with 41 points in 34 games. They have four games left in the season. Their next league game is against Southampton and it is scheduled to take place at 29:15 on Tuesday, May 11.