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A key Crystal Palace cog has ‘opened talks’ with an anonymous Champions League club ahead of its imminent summer outing, a report claims.
Roy Hodgson is quietly leading crystal Palace to another season without drama in the Premier League.
Three wins out of their last five has pushed them further and further to safety. The backbone of the former England coach’s team has been its large number of experienced players.
More than 30 veterans like Gary Cahill, Cheikhou Kouyaté and Patrick Van Aanholt have ensured that the Eagles’ season has never had any major low points.
His team’s average age is the oldest in the division, however, which means changes will soon be inevitable.
Several contracts are in sight, with the Dutch side Van aanholt a player who will become a free agent in the summer.
The 30-year-old has been a featured artist for Crystal Palace since his £ 14 million arrival from Sunderland in 2017. Previous reports in January suggested the club was considering a permanent outing in the winter window so as not to lose it for free.
Arsenal was one of those clubs linked to a coup, but finally an agreement was not reached.
However, negotiations on a new contract have yet to materialize and a recent report has revealed that his departure is at stake.
Online departure Football Insider they report that Van Aanholt has “started talks with an unidentified Champions League club.”
Since the full-backs’ contract expires in less than six months, he is free to speak with foreign parties about signing a pre-contract agreement.
Although the identity of the European club remains unknown, the report adds that it is a team in this season’s iteration of the competition.
Hodgson reveals victory over rivals
Hodgson, meanwhile, was full of praise for Crystal Palace’s defensive effort when they attacked late to sink Brighton in the Amex on Monday night.
Substitute Christian Benteke hit home with a dramatic late volley when Palace got a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Brighton.
The Belgian forward threw a cross from Andros Townsend in the fifth minute of stoppage time to put Palace back on the winning track after successive defeats that had caused growing unrest among fans.
Brighton dominated proceedings at Amex Stadium and drew through Joel Veltman after the Eagles led at halftime courtesy of a superb heel spike from French forward Jean-Philippe Mateta.
Palace showed little ambition for much of the match and once again struggled to create in the absence of injured talisman Wilfried Zaha, with the two magnificent goals his only attempts on goal.
However, Eagles coach Hodgson was more than satisfied with a result that puts his team 10 points above the relegation zone.
He said BBC Sport After the game: “It’s always great to score in the last minute, especially when we had to absorb a lot of pressure.
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