Steve Parish has spoken to the BBC about the immediate future of Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie.
Following on from Alan Pardew’s pre-match press conference on Thursday, the chairman was pressed into giving some context over his manager’s suggestion that Yannick would be foolish to ignore interest from “bigger clubs”.
Clearly feeling that his words gave a false sense of Palace’s stance on the future of the DR Congo international, Parish said:
“Alan’s words got taken out of context. What he meant was that it happens all the time, players get talked about in relation to moving to other clubs and it gives them something to think about.
Unless there’s a bid, which there hasn’t been, it’s very unlikely. That we would accept it this close to the end of the transfer window. Yannick’s an important part of our team, he’s a great lad, he’s been training well and he’s looking forward to the game tomorrow.
If they offered £50 million, I might think about. Yannick’s got two years left on his current deal, he only signed one last year, so there’s no pressure on a contract. There’s no stalling, we’ve had a conversation and I’m sure we’ll get that done in the fullness of time.”
As a fan, there is little more you can ask of your chairman when discussing the future of a prized asset. Unequivocal in his belief that Yannick will still be a Crystal Palace player at the end of the transfer window barring a ridiculous offer, Parish has moved quickly to calm the waves created by a rampant sporting press over the last 24 hours.
With no bid having been made for Yannick whatsoever, the discussions remain completely pointless, but even so, it’s good to know where we stand, should an offer of £15-£20 million come in.