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Roy Hodgson confirms Wilfried Zaha will stay at Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that Wilfried Zaha will stay despite having a “beef with the chairman and owners” over his desire to leave.

Despite signing a new five-year deal in August 2018, Zaha attempted to force an exit from Palace by handing in a transfer request amid interest from Arsenal and Everton.

Hopes of a move to the Emirates Stadium, though, diminished when the Gunners signed his Ivory Coast team-mate Nicolas Pepe for a club-record €80m from Lille OSC this month.

Lately, reports had indicated a Serie A move could be on the table for Zaha with Napoli. But, evidently, nothing came of it with Hodgson confirming he will remain at Selhurst Park for this season.

However, the 71-year-old did send the former Manchester United player home from training on Thursday.

“Yes, he’s staying, we are pleased about that. He’s an important player for the club,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.

“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.”

On Zaha, Hodgson continued: “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.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace gives instruction to Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion at Selhurst Park on April 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)