Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha missed out on a move to Everton.

Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill has told talkSPORT that teammate Wilfried Zaha has been ‘first class’ since his Everton move fell through.

Everton were pursuing a new winger for much of the summer transfer window, and eventually identified Zaha as a top target.

The Toffees threw money and even players at Palace in an effort to convince them to sell their star player, but they ultimately couldn’t get a deal done.

The Telegraph claimed that Zaha was ‘devastated’ to miss out on his move to Goodison Park, especially having seen fellow homegrown ace Aaron Wan-Bissaka get his big switch to Manchester United.

Zaha started the opening game of the season – ironically against Everton – as a substitute, before being brought into the Palace starting line-up against Sheffield United.

The Ivorian may need to get back onside with some Palace fans after attempting to engineer a move away from Selhurst Park, and new signing Cahill has offered his view on the situation.

Cahill has admitted that Zaha’s reaction has been ‘first class’, praising him for the way he has trained and his attitude around the place, seemingly playing down the notion that he was ‘devastated’ to miss out on joining the Toffees.

“First class to be honest with you, and I know how difficult it can be when things like that are circulating in your head and you have to go through these emotions,” said Cahill. “You’re so close to the start of the season and I realise it could be tough for him. But I can only say off the back of what I’ve seen and once that didn’t materialise, the way he’s trained, his attitude to training and the way he has been around the place is first class.”

“That’s what I go off and for me there is no issue whatsoever. He’s obviously a top, top player, that’s why clubs want him. Selfishly, I’m delighted he stayed because he could be the difference between three or four places in the league,” he added.

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