Roy Hodgson hopes Yohan Cabaye stays at Crystal Palace amid transfer interest.

Cabaye, 31, has been linked with a return to France with his Eagles contract set to expire next summer.

The French midfielder has been an integral part of Hodgson’s side, who are unbeaten in six games.

And Hodgson said: "If you say to me would I like Yohan Cabaye to keep working here with me, then of course the answer is 'Yes'. I'm a big admirer of his and he's doing a fantastic job.

"But his situation with the club will be discussed with Dougie and the chairman (Steve Parish) and then they'll bring me in on the discussion at the appropriate time.

"There's no doubt he's one of the players we have who are bonafide, quality, Premier League players who can keep us in the league, and that group needs assisting by being boosted, not pruning down in any way.

"I'd be surprised if the people who watched us play weren't impressed by his performances in the middle with Luka Milivojevic; they've been very, very good together. I've been impressed and I'd be surprised if others weren't too.

"I'm pretty certain he won't go anywhere this season and at the moment that's the only thing in the forefront of my mind: the 2017/18 season, keeping us in the league. I can't allow my energy or my enthusiasm for the job to be dented in any way by thoughts of 2018/19."