Palace Star Leaves Door Open To High Profile Exit From SE25

0 Posted by - April 28, 2019 - News

Mamadou Sakho is currently in the midst of a rehabilitation programme which keep him out of action until Crystal Palace begin their pre-season campaign ahead of the 2019/20 season but when quizzed about his future, the French International left the door open for a potential departure from SE25.

The 29-year-old began his professional career on the books at PSG, amassing over 200 appearances in the French capital over the course of six years before upping sticks and moving to Liverpool in the summer of 2013. Quickly becoming known for his quirky personality and flamboyant style of play, Mama became something of a cult hero at Anfield but struggled to get on with Jurgen Klopp from the moment the former Dortmund boss took up residence in the Liverpool dugout.

Having initially joined Palace on loan in search of first-team football, Sakho eventually signed permanently in south London for a fee of around £30 million in ahead of the 2017/18 season. Already established as an obvious first-choice centre-back, his reputation amongst Palace fans has only been enhanced since signing permanently; a fact which makes these latest comments more than a tad worrying.

Whilst Roy Hodgson has stabilised things at Selhurst Park and secured a seventh consecutive season in the top flight, players of Sakho’s pedigree are always going to be keen to play at the highest level possible before their career begins to move in a downward trend. At 29, Mamadou is no doubt well aware that he’s perhaps only got one more “big” move left in him and with a potential move “home” on the table, you could hardly blame him for opening the door to it.

As with all these things, any bid that does come in for him would have to be deemed acceptable to the Palace board before being given the green light but even so, a possibly unsettled summer for one of the squad’s key players is far from ideal.

Keep an eye out for any further developments.

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  • Mike Ward April 29, 2019 - 8:44 am Reply

    This is entirely to be expected I believe.
    It’s his career and the reality is that as much as we want to build a squad of players that can help elevate Palace to one day challenge for places in Europe, we’re not there yet.

    A while ago I would have been a lot more concerned about losing Sakho but if the price is right and allows us to buy in a replacement then it’s less of an issue in my opinion.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh April 29, 2019 - 9:21 am Reply

    I don’t blame him, he is still on the fringes of a very competitive France squad.

    Top player who offers a lot in build up and defence but his salary is one of the many that are crippling the club’s finances. If we get a good deal and buy a more affordable replacement i’m all for it. Kelly has proven he can step in until any replacement is found.

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