Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that the club are currently discussing a possible new contract with French midfielder Yohan Cabaye but the gaffer is keen not to involve himself too heavily in the negotiations.
With the former Newcastle and PSG man set to become a free agent this summer, debate has been raging over whether Palace or indeed Cabaye will look to extend his stay but at yesterday’s press conference, the boss was remarkably open over the fact that we’re currently chatting to Yohan over a longer stint.
Whilst plenty of supporters have openly wondered about Dougie Freedman’s role within our club’s structure beyond incoming transfers, Hodgson’s comments leave no one in any doubt over the fact that the Scotsman is ultimately responsible for all of our current player’s contract extensions too. Clearly, Steve Parish and his fellow directors were keen to ensure when bringing Freedman in, that no manager present or future, was left with too much on their plate.
Whilst the likes of Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis seemingly thrive when being given an all-powerful role behind the scenes at a football club, plenty of bosses are happy to concentrate primarily on training; giving the go-ahead to transfers and new contracts once the nuts and bolts have already been dealt with by someone else.
In Cabaye’s case specifically, we will almost certainly have to find a way to sell him on a deal that incorporates a lower weekly wage than the one he’s now receiving; a task which could prove tricky if he’s in a stubborn mood. As far as I know, the 32-year-old’s currently taking home in close to or in excess of £100,000 a week which, given his age and likelihood of physical deterioration in the next couple of years, clearly won’t be seen as value for money from our side of the table.
It may be a tricky sell for Freedman, given Yohan’s pedigree within the game but Hodgson’s comments on the matter certainly seem positive rather than negative.
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