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Having come up with Crystal Palace as a youth player, Zaha originally featured for the club in the Championship from 2009-13 before sealing a transfer to Manchester United.

Roy Hodgson insisted Wilfried Zaha is committed to Crystal Palace ahead of their opening Premier League game of the season against Everton on Saturday.

The two teams interested in signing Zaha were Arsenal and Everton; neither of which will feature in next season's Champion's League. "The outcome he wanted was to be sold and leave the club", he said. "It was nice to have him available to give another dimension to our play". It was good to have him to come on - and Connor Wickham too.

It was as if there had been no break since the end of the 2018-19 campaign as the Blues produced a performance that was nearly a carbon copy of when they had travelled down to south London back in April.

"I hope I will be able to fulfil the demands they make of me". He was fine. He was excellent in the dressing room.

"For us it's been a very good outcome because Wilf is still with us and we're looking forward to once again benefiting from the skills he brings to us to help us win football matches".

However, Hodgson does not believe the club are vulnerable to a bid from clubs in Europe before their transfer windows closes. You are asking the wrong man.

Speaking just hours before the transfer deadline on Thursday, Hodgson told Sky Sports: "Yes, he's staying". The winger spent the entirety of last season out on loan and after the arrival of Alex Iwobi, he will clearly find it hard to get any time on the pitch if he does end up staying with Everton.

His wages though could be a stumbling point as he is now on £75,000-a-week at Everton and will need to take a significant pay cut in order to fit the wage structure at Celtic Park.

"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".

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