Sam Allardyce: Points still means pounds for Crystal Palace

Rufina Vignone
Mag 20, 2017

"I won't be trying players for the sake of it", the 62-year-old said.

The Ivory Coast international's performances had not gone unnoticed, with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester City all rumoured to have been interested in acquiring him, however chairman Steve Parish, was adamant he would resist any offers for his key man.

Sam Allardyce is happy to have "put the past in the past" after bouncing back from his England disappointment to keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

"He loves Crystal Palace, he's been brought up here, he had a brief spell at Manchester United and started getting publicity".

The Ivory Coast worldwide was voted the club's Player of the Year after scoring seven goals and making nine others.

An Etihad source said: "Palace have been showing an interest in Bacary and Gael for a while, and look like they're ready to make a move".

"With a bigger contract, there are bigger responsibilities, if he gets a bigger contract, I expect a lot more - which is saying something because I am getting a lot already".

Allardyce also revealed Palace are "in negotiations" with Wilfried Zaha over a new contract.

Spurs are most likely focusing their attention on CB, CM, and wide attacking midfielders this summer as they try and improve the squad for another run at the Champions League next season and another possible title challenge.

"The budget will get bigger if we can go up a couple of places", he said in the Evening Standard.

"If you get new contracts, more money, you've got to deliver more, show your worth". If we do then great, if not we move on. We need to strengthen other areas, it'll be a tough summer as it always is. There will be some changes to the team but my team want to play at Old Trafford, they don't want me to leave them out.

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