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Andros Townsend has revealed to talkSPORT he nonetheless has ‘no thought’ about his Crystal Palace future after formally turning into a free agent.

And he gained’t be the one one, with the Eagles permitting the contracts of 11 first-team gamers to run down on the finish of the season.

Townsend is now officially a free agent after his Crystal Palace contract was allowed to expire


Townsend is now formally a free agent after his Crystal Palace contract was allowed to run out

Experiences declare solely a type of 11 gamers reported for the beginning of pre-season on Friday after an invite from the membership.

Townsend is among the stars who’s now a free agent, and he was within the talkSPORT studio with Jim White and Simon Jordan as an alternative of present process his normal pre-season exams.

Christian Benteke was the one participant to be supplied a brand new contract on the finish of the Premier League season, the 30-year-old Belgian signing a two-year deal, however the others have been advised by the membership they’d be contacted after a brand new supervisor was appointed.

Nonetheless, that course of has taken for much longer than anticipated, and regardless that Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is now anticipated to take cost at Selhurst Park, it’s understood the finer particulars of that deal are inflicting extra delays.

Vieira has managed in America, France as well as Man City’s Elite Development Squad, and is now set for his first job as a Premier League coach


Vieira has managed in America, France in addition to Man City’s Elite Improvement Squad, and is now set for his first job as a Premier League coach

It means an entire staff’s value of gamers at the moment are formally with out a membership and contemplating their futures.

Townsend was again on the talkSPORT airwaves on Saturday, forward of England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final in opposition to Ukraine, the place he once more mentioned his unsure future.

The winger was requested by talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein whether or not he can be carrying Crystal Palace’s new away equipment, which was not too long ago unveiled by the membership – a extremely stylish yellow quantity with a pink and blue vertical stripe and refined eagle emblem inside the cloth of the shirt.

However the former Tottenham man admitted he’s nonetheless in the dead of night.

“It seems good, very good, however the reality it’s July 3, pre-season has began and I’m sat in a basement with you, I’m most likely no nearer to understanding about my future, to be trustworthy.”

Requested why he hasn’t begun pre-season with the Eagles, Townsend had a easy reply: “I’m out of contract. From July 1, I’m not a Palace participant.

Townsend’s Crystal Palace contract has expired and he is now considering offers from other clubs – but he’s open to staying at Selhurst Park


Townsend’s Crystal Palace contract has expired and he’s now contemplating presents from different golf equipment – however he’s open to staying at Selhurst Park

“To be truthful the membership’s primary focus was getting in a brand new supervisor, and rightly so, after which they mentioned all alongside as soon as we received the supervisor in they’d converse to him and begin chatting with gamers about renewals.

“So I’m not saying I gained’t be at Palace subsequent season, however at this second I’ve no thought.”

“It’s not a foul factor,” mentioned fellow talkSPORT visitor Emile Heskey, “You’re unemployed at this second in time, however so is Lionel Messi!“

“However we’re the identical place,” laughed Townsend. “So, successfully, Palace may very well be taking a look at Messi to interchange me!”

Messi is also officially a free agent but is widely expected to sign a new contract to stay at Barcelona


Messi can also be formally a free agent however is extensively anticipated to signal a brand new contract to remain at Barcelona

It means Townsend and the opposite ten gamers at the moment are left to contemplate presents from different golf equipment, who’re free to method them a few free switch.

Townsend has beforehand advised the station he’s weighing up presents from abroad sides, however the ahead is hoping to stay within the Premier League.

He’s not ruling out staying with the Eagles, if he’s ultimately supplied a brand new deal, however admits he isn’t keen to attend round for much longer with pre-season already underway for a lot of golf equipment.

“I’m so excited, it’s the primary time in my profession I’ve been a free agent and had these choices, so I need to make the correct transfer,” he mentioned.

Townsend is hoping to keep playing in the Premier League as he thinks about his future


Townsend is hoping to maintain taking part in within the Premier League as he thinks about his future

“I’m 30 subsequent month, so this must be the correct transfer for me.

“I’m going to talk to as many golf equipment as attainable, see who, from all of the verbal curiosity in the meanwhile, places that on a chunk of paper after which sit down and see which one is the perfect for me.

“In a really perfect world I’d like to proceed taking part in within the Premier League, and I’d find it irresistible to occur as quickly as attainable.

“I maintain taking a look at my telephone, I’m checking all of it day in search of a name from my agent.

“I needed to be someplace July 1, however clearly that hasn’t occurred. I could have to attend one other few weeks, however hopefully by the second or third week of July I may be somebody prepared to coach.”


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