Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says Wilfried Zaha has shown "maturity" since he was blocked from making a summer move away from Selhurst Park.

Zaha submitted a transfer request 24 hours before deadline day last month in a bid to force through a move to Everton, but Palace did not sanction a move given they had little time to sign a replacement.

Everton also failed to meet Palace's £80million valuation and Palace's reluctance to sell left Zaha devastated, prompting Hodgson to send him home from training on the eve of the new Premier League campaign.

Zaha started on the bench in Palace's opener against Everton before coming on in the second period and has now settled back into the group, starting each of Palace's Premier League fixtures since.

"With Wilf, I don't think anyone was thinking we definitely must block him because we want our best player still with us," Hodgson said.

"We understood that if a really big offer comes his way and a much bigger club than Crystal Palace want him, and he is desperate to go, we are going to have to try and do some kind of deal.

"The unfortunate thing for Wilf is that offer did not come his way from the sort of club that he would want. I think Steve Parish has made that clear to Wilf and they've thrashed that side of it out.

"As a result it is not a major problem for me with Wilf coming back, having accepted the situation. The way he works here is just the same as it was. Since the first day he has been mature about it."

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