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Zaha "absolutely" available to face Everton - a huge positive for Palace?

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Palace has never won an opening-day Premier League home game.

"But they didn't feel those conditions were met to trigger the agreement".

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 they'll be sympathetic to him".

"But whatever happens, Wilf will have to deal with that, just as he has had to deal with his disappointment over the last few days in the transfer window".

On whether he expected any similar behaviour from Zaha, he said: "No, I trust him totally". The outcome he wanted was to be sold and leave, but it was the last thing we wanted. "But it would be nice if our fans can draw a line under it and give him the support he needs to produce the performances that I as a manager and we as a team really need from him". There is no question that he has any disrespect. I don't think if you'd looked at our training sessions you'd have been able to see that this player is behind the others. "But it's been a very good outcome because Wilf is still with us".

"His contribution really has been vast and I am delighted that he has agreed to pledge his long term future to Crystal Palace".

Despite Wilfried Zaha's failed attempt, there are speculations the forward could still head to a European club.

'We need to be picking up as many points as we can and we always go into games thinking we can win but we went down to 10 men and still played well.

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

"January? Who knows? That's a long, long way off".

'It's a tough place to come, the conditions weren't the greatest, there was windy conditions to deal with for both sides but we didn't get beat and we built momentum for next week, ' Pickford said.

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