Roy Hodgson says Wilfried Zaha could still leave Crystal Palace despite the Premier League's transfer window closing.

Before last week's deadline Palace rejected bids from Everton for Zaha, who was also said to be a target for Arsenal, with the winger handing in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move away from Selhurst Park.

Zaha scored 10 league goals for the Eagles last season after he signed a fresh five-year deal in August 2018.

Palace have reportedly set a value of £80million on the 26-year-old, and though a move to an English club failed to materialise in the most recent window, a transfer abroad could still go through.

The transfer window across the continent remains open until September 2 and, with clubs including Borussia Dortmund and Napoli having been previously credited with an interest in Zaha, Hodgson knows there could be another twist in the saga.

"You can never rule out the possibility that it might happen because the transfer window in Europe is still open until the end of the month," the former England manager told reporters ahead of Palace's trip to Sheffield United.

"It's not something I'm going to worry about because it's something that I cannot affect. There's not too much point worrying about it, if you ask me would I welcome it, the answer is no.

"I would rather that he gets his head down and commits himself to the season that we've got in front of us and commits himself to helping me, the coaching staff and the players into having another season that we can regard as a good one. That's what I would like."

Zaha, who returned late to pre-season training following Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations campaign, was not deemed ready to start Palace's opening-day clash with suitors Everton, though he came on as a second-half substitute in the goalless draw.

Wilfried Zaha's reaction to staying at Crystal Palace has impressed manager Roy Hodgson.

The winger came off the substitutes' bench to play the last 25 minutes of his side's 0-0 home Premier League draw against 10-man Everton, who had Morgan Schneiderlin sent off.

Arsenal and Everton were among the teams to pursue Zaha, 26, during the transfer window, with the player making his desire to leave clear.

But after remaining at Selhurst Park beyond deadline day, Zaha's return to action saw him given a generous reception by the Palace fans when he entered the pitch on Saturday.

"I thought he handled it very well," Hodgson said at his post-match media conference.

"The crowd helped. It was nice to have him available. It was good to have him to come on - and Connor Wickham too. I thought the two front players [Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke] did an exceptional job, but they were tiring.

"I only really saw him [Zaha] on Friday. He was fine. He was excellent in the dressing room.

"The fact is that situation has been and gone. I am sure he will bring his straw to the water to help us have a good season."

Asked if he was concerned about losing Zaha when the transfer window re-opens, Hodgson replied: "We are in August! You are asking the wrong man. I am not worried about January at the moment."

Speaking to BBC Sport, Hodgson added of Zaha: "He did well, he did what we hoped he would do – create opportunities, set us up for a Max Meyer chance that could have won us the game.

"He almost helped us take three points. A couple of times he had to be bundled off the ball at the last minute. He's a little bit rusty, of course when a player comes back from three weeks away he's going to need a bit of time to find his true form. 

"He's phenomenal as an athlete when it comes to fitness, but to get him back to full capacity it will take a week or two."

Roy Hodgson confirmed Wilfried Zaha is available for Crystal Palace's season opener despite his disgruntlement over being denied a move to opponents Everton.

Zaha handed in a transfer request before the window closed but Palace refused to budge on their reported £100million asking price and rebuffed Everton's interest.

The Ivory Coast international will get a taste of what might have been when Marco Silva's men visit Selhurst Park on Saturday.

After sending him home from training on deadline day, Hodgson said Zaha is "absolutely" in contention for the club's first Premier League fixture of the new season.

"Wilfried Zaha is as I expected he would be," the Eagles manager told reporters.

"He's a professional and committed to the club and helping us do what we need to do to stay in the league.

"He trained today just as he did on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I can't say he's jubilant or delighted. The outcome he wanted was to be sold and leave, but it was the last thing we wanted. It was a good outcome for us.

"It's not even worth discussing replacements for players of his calibre."

Zaha, 26, was heavily linked to Arsenal before Everton emerged as contenders for his signature.

The winger could still leave south London if a club elsewhere in Europe successfully agrees a fee with Palace.

Wilfried Zaha is staying at Crystal Palace, manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Zaha signed a new five-year contract at Selhurst Park in August 2018 but was heavily linked with Arsenal and Everton and handed in a transfer request this week.

However, Hodgson insists Palace's business for this window is finished and that means keeping hold of the club's star attacking asset.

The former England manager acknowledged Zaha's desire to leave and confirmed he sent the player home from training on Thursday.

However, he does not expect any lingering problems with the winger heading into a Premier League season where Palace are many people's tip for relegation

"Yes, he's staying, we are pleased about that. He's an important player for the club," Hodgson told Sky Sports News.

"We're looking forward to him doing this season what he's done for the last two seasons.

"He wasn't really in the right frame of mind today, so I sent him home today which is understandable.

"It's been well documented that he's wanted to leave but it has not worked out for him in that respect.

"He's a professional and has got a good contract with us. He's very much a player we respect and I believe he respects us.

"We expect him to come back and do what he does and we're looking forward to a season with him again. Everyone here has a good relationship with him. There's not a problem with that.

"His beef is with the chairman and owners of the club because he's wanted to leave and they haven't received the offer that they think is sufficient to allow him to leave.

"He has to come to terms with that, when you sign long-term contracts you are expected to honour them and we expect him to do that.

"I don't have any issues with him. Today wasn't the right day so I'm looking forward to seeing him tomorrow and hopefully he'll have come to terms with the fact he's got another season with Crystal Palace."

Palace lost right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United earlier in the transfer window but wrapped up their business by bringing in midfielder James McCarthy from Everton.

"It's good to have it done so we're not sweating on any last-minute things," Hodgson added.

Crystal Palace have signed Gary Cahill on a two-year contract to bolster their squad ahead of the new Premier League season.

The former Chelsea captain left Stamford Bridge last season having fallen out of favour with then-boss Maurizio Sarri.

It marked a low-key and ill-fitting end to seven-and-a-half decorated years at Stamford Bridge, where Cahill lifted every major honour in English football.

He also played the full 120 minutes before the Blues beat Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final on penalties and won the Europa League for a second time last season.

Capped 61 times by England, Cahill was a regular for his country during the tenure of Eagles manager Roy Hodgson.

“I'm hungry to prolong my career as long as I possibly can," the 33-year-old said.

"I feel like I’m in great shape and whoever I play for, I'd like to think that I give it 110 per cent and leave everything out there - so hopefully that will be good enough for the manager, my team-mates and also the fans."

Hodgson has lost right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United in a £50million deal and speculation over the future of star winger Wilfried Zaha remains.

Cahill is the third incoming of the transfer window at Selhurst Park, following Jordan Ayew and Stephen Henderson.

"I'm delighted that Gary has joined us," Hodgson said. "He’s a fantastic footballer who brings a wealth of international and Premier League experience.

"Having worked alongside Gary during my time as England manager, I know that he is going to be a valuable asset and I'm so happy to be working with him again."

Palace open their Premier League campaign at home to reported Zaha suitors Everton.

Wilfried Zaha has not asked Crystal Palace for a transfer and should be at the club next season, says Roy Hodgson.

Reports have claimed Zaha is determined to leave Selhurst Park five years after he returned to the club from Manchester United, initially on loan.

Zaha struck 10 Premier League goals last term and has been linked with Arsenal and Everton, but Palace reportedly value their star man at £80million having already lost young full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to United for £50m.

Hodgson, though, is not expecting Zaha - who helped Ivory Coast reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations - to be sold by Palace.

"He has not spoken to me. I don't know if he's spoken to the club [about leaving]," Hodgson told reporters.

"As far as I'm concerned, he is coming back, he is our player and I've been given no information that the club is interested in selling him at the moment.

"I'm just expecting him back, looking forward to working with him and seeing some of the things he can do for us.

"I think he has got another 10 days or another week of holiday. I think he is back after we play Bristol City [on July 27] and before we play Hertha Berlin [on August 3] - that gives him his three weeks off.

"If he wants to come back earlier we will be very happy to see him."

After reports emerged claiming the 26-year-old had asked to leave Palace, Zaha posted a cryptic message on Twitter that read: "Whatever happened to speaking facts?

"It's sad and annoying how anyone will just open their mouth and speak on things or situations they know absolutely nothing about."

However, Zaha's brother Judicael told Sky Sports it was the forward's "dream" to play for Arsenal, urging Palace to sell their prized asset.

Hodgson's side open their 2019-20 Premier League campaign at home to Everton on August 10.

Arsenal have not come remotely close to matching Crystal Palace's asking price for Wilfried Zaha, according to Roy Hodgson.

The Gunners are in the market for wingers and Zaha is said to be at the top of a list containing Barcelona's Malcom and Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth.

Zaha has generally refrained from commenting on the speculation but, earlier this month, his brother Judicael made a public plea for Palace to sanction the 26-year-old's "dream" transfer.

The south London club are believed to have rejected an opening offer of around £40million and the two clubs remain some distance apart in negotiations.

"I don't think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation," Eagles boss Hodgson told Sky Sports.

"I'm sure the player realises that if someone's going to take him away from us, he'll expect clubs to pay the market value.

"Until someone does that, there's not much to discuss regarding Wilf."

Palace have shown they are prepared to part with prized assets this close-season, selling right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for a reported fee of £50m.

"We would've loved to have kept him," Hodgson said of the England Under-21 international.

"But the bottom line is, when Manchester United come calling and they're prepared to pay what the club feel is the market value of the player, then all we can do is wish him well."

Aaron Wan-Bissaka thanked Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson for his "faith and trust" after completing a reported £50million move to Manchester United.

United confirmed the capture of the 21-year-old on Saturday following lengthy negotiations with Palace.

Wan-Bissaka made his Eagles debut against Tottenham in February 2018, making a further six appearances during the final months of that campaign.

Hodgson saw enough to make the England Under-21 international his first choice right-back for the 2018-19 season and he did not disappoint, swiftly establishing himself as one of the most promising defenders in the Premier League.

Following his switch to Old Trafford, Wan-Bissaka saluted Hodgson for giving him an opportunity in the senior ranks.

"I would like to thank the youth coaching staff and first-team staff for helping me massively to develop into the player I am today," he wrote on Instagram.

"Most importantly, I would like to thank Roy Hodgson for giving me the opportunity I have always dreamed of, which was to play in the Premier League.

"The faith and trust he had in me led me to have the chance to take my development to a next level."

Palace chairman Steve Parish was quick to praise Wan-Bissaka, telling the club's official website: "He is a really fantastic young man and we have all enjoyed having him as part of the club for the past 10 years.

"He is a shining example of what south London is about and I wish him the very best for the future journey with Manchester United and England."

Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title on a day that broke the competition's record for the most goals scored in a 20-team season.

Liverpool's 97-point tally was a club record but not enough to earn the Reds their first title of the Premier League era, with City retaining their crown.

The Reds' haul would have been enough to win the Premier League in all but one of the previous 26 seasons, but the Reds at least can look forward to a Champions League final against Tottenham.

It was the eighth time the Premier League title has been decided on the final day of the season - Omnisport picks out some of the best Opta numbers from Sunday's action.

1,072 - A new record for goals in a 20-team Premier League season was passed on the final day, partly thanks to Crystal Palace's 5-3 victory at home to Bournemouth.

3 - For the first time since the 1998-99 season, the Golden Boot was shared between three players: last season's winner Mohamed Salah, his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. They all hit 22 Premier League goals.

31 - A brace at Burnley on the final day meant Aubameyang reached 30 goals in all competitions for the season, only the second Premier League player to do so this term after City striker Sergio Aguero, who scored 21 league goals. 

100 - Roy Hodgson celebrated his 100th Premier League win as Palace beat Bournemouth in an eight-goal thriller. The former England boss - aged 71 years and 276 days - is the oldest manager to reach that milestone.

12 - Trent Alexander-Arnold provided 12 assists for Liverpool in the Premier League this season. That tally for the Reds right-back is the most by a defender in a single campaign in the history of the competition.

30 - Liverpool won 30 Premier League games this season, but it was still not enough to secure the title. No side has ever previously lost only one game in a top-flight season and not won the Premier League.

18 - A final-day double against Wolves at Anfield took Mane to 18 home goals in the Premier League this season, the most by any player, as well as eight more than Huddersfield Town scored in total in their home games this season.

2 - Defeat at home to Cardiff City meant Manchester United only kept two home clean sheets in the Premier League this season. This is their fewest at Old Trafford in a top-flight campaign since 1962-63 (also two).

Eddie Howe said Bournemouth had to be pleased with their season despite a 5-3 final-day defeat to Crystal Palace that left them 14th in the Premier League table.

The Cherries were three goals down inside 37 minutes at Selhurst Park, where Michy Batshuayi scored twice for Palace before 22-year-old Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson scored an own goal.

Jefferson Lerma's stunning 25-yard strike brought Bournemouth back into the game before Jordon Ibe and Josh King scored either side of Patrick van Aanholt grabbing Palace's fourth.

But Andros Townsend scored 10 minutes from time to make sure Palace held onto 12th spot, while Newcastle United leapfrogged Bournemouth into 13th, leaving Cherries boss Howe to reflect on the impact of injuries on his squad during the second half of the campaign.

"It was not the way we wanted to finish but for the neutral it was great," Howe told Sky Sports. "There were so many chances for both teams and the score could have been a lot higher.

"We were really poor in first half at times but we dominated the game in the second and we're disappointed to lose.

"We knew it was going to be an open attacking game but in the first half we reacted slowly to conceding and we wobbled a bit. That cost us but in the second half you saw the best of us.

"We have to be [pleased with the season]. The competition is so difficult and it's easy to go consecutive games without getting points.

"We're frustrated by the second half of the season but injuries really hit our squad."

Howe's opposite number Roy Hodgson expressed his pride at having led the club to their highest Premier League points tally at the end of a 38-game season, but admitted home form had been a problem for his side.

The Eagles took just 20 of their 49 points at Selhurst.

"If we'd gone in at half-time at 3-0 it might well have been [game over]," said the former England boss. "But we were on the end of a wonder strike that gave them a little bit more heart.

"When they get to 3-2 the task was definitely not beyond them and we had to fight to get the two goals we did.

"The goals we scored were very good ones and they were the result of situations before that where we could have scored identical goals.

"We haven't won as many home games as we'd have liked, so it's nice to finish with one."

Neil Warnock said he could not fault Cardiff City's players following their relegation from the Premier League, while acknowledging the setback was put into perspective by the tragic death of Emiliano Sala.

Cardiff agreed a deal with Nantes to make Sala their record signing in January, but the Argentinian striker was killed, at the age of 28, when a plane he was travelling in crashed in the English Channel, just two days on from his move to Wales being announced.

After a 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday ended Cardiff's hopes of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship, manager Warnock told a news conference: "We have missed a goalscorer. Someone asked me about Emiliano ... but I think that also puts things in perspective. We've got relegated. The lad lost his life."

Responding to further questioning about the devastating incident, Warnock added: "Obviously it was difficult. This was something completely out of the blue. I wish we could have had Emiliano with us because I think he would have scored 10 goals.

"But I can't fault the lads. They've given me everything and they've just come up short."

Warnock was unable to confirm whether he would stay with Cardiff next season, explaining he would hold talks with the club's hierarchy "in the next few weeks".

However, the 70-year-old added: "I will be working next year. I will have a year somewhere. I am looking forward to that challenge now. If I hadn't got the drive, I wouldn't do it, but I have got the drive."

A significant number of Cardiff fans stayed after the full-time whistle to offer warm applause to the Bluebirds' players and staff following their final home game of the campaign.

"I've never seen a relegated team get an ovation like that," said Warnock. "Daft as it sounds, it's probably my best job ever to do what I've done with this club. We've had to overcome so much, keeping a group like this together. I can't really be any prouder."

Palace boss Roy Hodgson was pleased with the efforts of his side as strikes from Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi and Andros Townsend outweighed a Martin Kelly own goal and Bobby Reid's late consolation.

Hodgson told a news conference: "Cardiff have fought very hard in every game throughout the season ... so we knew they'd be giving us nothing and we'd have to fight and work hard for every opportunity. We matched them and showed the necessary quality."

Everton boss Marco Silva found it hard to fault his players after Saturday's 0-0 draw away to Crystal Palace and felt they were clearly the better team. 

Bernard's strike and Lucas Digne's deflected cross both struck the post in the second half at Selhurst Park, while substitute Cenk Tosun forced an incredible late save from home goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. 

Palace failed to register a shot on target but still managed to hold Everton, who had won four of their previous five games, including a magnificent 4-0 victory over Manchester United. 

"We deserved the three points," Silva said after a match where his side had almost two-thirds of the possession.  

"It was clear we were the best team on the pitch and we tried everything to win the match. We had two balls off the post and their keeper made a fantastic save.  

"From the first minute we dominated the game, which is very difficult to do here, against a team as strong on the counter-attack and with players like Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke. 

"We dominated with the ball and did it in our style. If we had been more clinical we would have won, that was clear to me. We deserved more." 

The result could be costly for Everton, who now sit four points behind Wolves in the race for seventh place and a potential Europa League spot. 

With two games to play, Silva added: "We have to do everything to win the matches, which is what we did this afternoon. 

"Our fans were fantastic like always. Their reception for our players at the end of the match means they can see what we did. They know we tried everything, which is important." 

Palace manager Roy Hodgson accepted the performance of his side, who sit 12th and are mathematically safe from relegation, was not what had had hoped for. 

He said: "We dreamed of a different game, we dreamed of a game where we'd have a lot of possession and pass the ball around them and show some of the quality that we believe we have in the team but we weren't able to do that. 

"There are games where they don't go the way you'd dreamed of them going and you have to play the game that's out there to play.  

"We dug in and accepted it wasn't going to be one of our better days on the ball. As a team, in terms of our attitude, our determination and ability even to stay in the game at difficult times, I'm satisfied with that." 

Everton hit the woodwork twice as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace despite dominating the contest.

Away goalkeeper Jordan Pickford did not have a single save to make in Saturday's game at Selhurst Park, but Marco Silva's men could not find a breakthrough at the other end despite applying consistent pressure.

The draw means Everton lose ground in the race to finish seventh and earn a potential Europa League place. They now sit four points behind Wolves - two further adrift than they were at kick-off - despite edging up to eighth in the table.

Palace, who remain 12th, have now gone nine Premier League matches without beating Everton.

Everton were the better side in a quiet first half, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin hitting a left-footed strike straight at goalkeeper Vicente Guaita from a good opening and Idrissa Gueye seeing a long-range drive comfortably saved.

The visitors came closer still just after the break, Bernard firing a deflected effort against the foot of the post from just inside the box after Patrick van Aanholt's poor clearance fell into his path.

Richarlison then had a vociferous penalty claim correctly turned down after a challenge from Van Aanholt, as his side's frustration grew.

Substitute Cenk Tosun, who scored in October's reverse fixture, was so close to finding a late breakthrough, his elaborate flick from Seamus Coleman's cross forcing a tremendous reaction save from Guaita.

Lucas Digne's cross then deflected off Andros Townsend and against the woodwork in the final moments as Palace clung on for a point.

 

What does it mean? Everton's cutting edge lacking

Everton had 22 shots on goal and almost two-thirds of the possession, but only forced Guaita into three saves, which proved costly.

Palace, who are already mathematically safe and have little to play for, continue to struggle at home, where they have won only four of 18 top-flight games this season.

Only relegated Huddersfield Town have collected fewer points in front of their own fans, and Roy Hodgson will be disappointed not to have kept morale high after the thrilling away win over Arsenal last time out.

Guaita's great save crucial

As well as the woodwork, Palace owed their point to goalkeeper Guaita, whose reaction stop to deny Tosun was magnificent.

Calvert-Lewin a culprit

Calvert-Lewin missed a key early chance and failed to find the target with his three other attempts, which typified Everton's day.

What's next?

Everton host Burnley next Friday knowing they have ground to make up in the race to finish seventh, with that match taking place a day before Palace travel to face a Cardiff City side battling against relegation.

Crystal Palace have no intention to sell Wilfried Zaha despite his desire for Champions League football, according to Roy Hodgson.

Zaha played a crucial role in Palace's 3-2 win at Arsenal on Sunday, capping a fine performance by scoring the Eagles' second goal.

The display came on the back of suggestions by the Ivory Coast international, who penned a new contract at Selhurst Park in August, that he may be forced to leave Palace in order to further his career and test himself at a higher level.

Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund are among the clubs to have been linked with the former Manchester United forward, but Hodgson, despite not pinning blame on Zaha for responding to questions about his future, is adamant Palace will fight to keep their star player.

"When the journalists pose a question about playing at a higher level, I don't know how you're supposed to answer," Hodgson told BBC Sport when asked about Zaha's interview with the Daily Mail.

"Sometimes journalists force you into those questions. In football, you have to be prepared with what life throws up.

"We don't want Zaha to go. We can't stop players from doing those interviews, but he's done it and said what he said. He signed a long-term contract with Palace and we will do our level best to hang on to him.

"We have no interest and desire in selling Zaha. If he plays like he has done, then it bodes well for the rest of the games and the future."

For his part, Zaha is remaining focused on rounding off the season in style with Palace, who face Everton next time out.

"To be honest the only thing I'm thinking about is Palace. I'm a Palace player right now and I don't know what the future holds for me," Zaha told Sky Sports.

"I'm here at Palace, working for Palace. I'm not being distracted by anything else."

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson understands goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is "desperate" to be educated about Adolf Hitler and fascism after his apparent "lamentable" ignorance saw him cleared of wrongdoing after making an alleged Nazi salute.

Wales international Hennessey was charged by the Football Association (FA) after a photograph showing him with his right arm raised and left hand placed over his mouth was posted to Instagram by Palace team-mate Max Meyer, who is German, in January. 

Hennessey denied knowingly giving the Nazi salute and an FA hearing earlier in April found the charges against him were not proven.

Nevertheless, the written reasons produced by the judging panel surmised Hennessey had "a very considerable – one might even say lamentable – degree of ignorance about anything to do with Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime".

And Hodgson is convinced Hennessey now wants to learn about the history attached to Nazism.

"I don't know how disappointed one should be [about Hennessey's perceived ignorance]," Hodgson said at a news conference on Friday.

"It's different to people of my generation who are much closer to it [the period of time]. I don't quite know what the young generation is learning about it.

"I think what is important in that report is that they made it perfectly clear they found Wayne a very honest and kind and good individual.

"The fact he lacks education is where we as a club and Kick It Out [an equality and inclusion organisation], with whom we work very closely, have to take into consideration, because maybe it's something we haven't been so aware of.

"Obviously we are talking about a period of history which maybe isn't being dealt with in the education programme as it once was.

"I would guess that this might be a subject which goes beyond one individual, we might be highlighting with Wayne that it's actually rife throughout football.

"I've no idea about the level of knowledge in relation to the Holocaust, the Second World War, in other clubs or even in our club. It's now something we know may well exist and will have to be dealt with.

"Together, the club and Kick It Out, we will sort it out, certainly where Wayne's concerned because he is actually very desperate now to learn as much as he can."

Palace are away to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

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