Yannick Bolasie has given an exclusive interview to the Croydon Advertiser, claiming that despite the constant speculation linking him with a move away from the club this summer, he is happy at Selhurst Park.
Much has been made of Alan Pardew’s suggestion a few weeks ago that it would take an offer of £40 million for him to even consider letting the DR Congo international leave SE25, but for the man himself, the figure is the stuff of fantasy, with his comments when speaking to Mark Ritson giving the impression that he won’t allow the chatter surrounding his future to get out of hand.
“For me, the price tag from the gaffer hasn’t changed me. I’m a grounded lad, it won’t change anything.
“The gaffer must be just joking around, to be honest. It’s football, and if that’s what he thinks, then that’s what he thinks.
“I am happy here at Palace. I am enjoying my football and that’s the main thing.”
Whilst some outside the football club may view Bolasie’s price tag as ludicrous, it highlights the importance the winger holds in the mind of his manager, with the interchangeable threat that he, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha offer us in the final third arguably impossible to replicate through the purchase of any other player in our price range.
Bolasie’s appeal is not directly correlated to his output, with his games to goals ratio, particularly prior to that crazy afternoon at The Stadium Of Light, proving to be far from good enough for most top six sides to even shoot a cursory glance in his direction, but thanks to his pace, trickery and utterly unpredictable style of wing play, those at the top of the tree are now incapable of ignoring him.
Thankfully, the 25-year-old seems more than comfortable with the idea of staying at Selhurst Park for the foreseeable future, with a new deal having already been discussed for the summer. £40 million bids aside, it’s difficult to picture him playing for anyone else.