Crystal Palace held to scoreless draw by 10-man Everton

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Wilfried Zaha's swift return to full training acts as a huge boost to Crystal Palace ahead of the new Premier League season.

"Yes he's staying", Hodgson said of Zaha.

Zaha was a crucial member of the Palace side last season, with 10 goals and five assists in 34 league matches, and Hodgson believes he will remain a key player this campaign. "He realises that", said the former England manager. The outcome he wanted was to be sold and leave, but it was the last thing we wanted.

"He is committed to the club and helping us do what we need to do to stay in the league".

"His training performance today was just as good as it was on Monday and Tuesday before yesterday's circumstances persuaded me to not submit to subjecting him to a training session that day because of his obvious mental state".

He added: "He went on strike and it didn't do us any good at all. I am sure he will bring his straw to the water to help us have a good season".

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It is being reported that Alex Iwobi will depart Arsenal and sign for Everton in a deal worth between £35-40 Million.

Hodgson has had to deal with similar situations before, citing the example of Javier Mascherano in 2010 during his brief spell at Liverpool. "We are gearing up for a very tough opening fixture".

He subsequently handed in a transfer request after the bid was turned down, but a deal could still not happen between the two parties.

The Palace boss said he expected Zaha to perform as he had before, despite his desire to move but admitted that if players refuse to play it can harm the team. "If we can be stronger there is no reason for us to have a lower total as our goal".

Chairman Steve Parish told the club website: "Luka has been a fantastic player and leader for the club for two and a half years".

"If you listen to Marco Silva's press conference and read between the lines you'll see how unhappy he has been from what eventually transpired from a window in which Everton spent a lot of money, I have them at about £110m spending gross".

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