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Palace to confirm new Ward deal as Townsend opens up on future plans


The right-back is Palace’s longest-serving current player and a consistent performer under Roy Hodgson last season.

Ward was informed of the club’s intention to agree a new contract towards the end of last season but Palace were awaiting the appointment of a new manager before completing the majority of new deals.

Andros Townsend was also expected to stay on, however the 29-year-old is unlikely to sign a new deal with Palace and is hopeful of finding a new club soon.

The winger has detailed what he wants in a new club after his deal in south London expired at the end of last season.

Townsend was hopeful of staying on at Palace and has a good relationship with new manager Patrick Vieira having worked with the Frenchman for ITV during Euro 2020.

However, it is now expected that the former Tottenham and England man will not be agreeing to extend his stay with the Eagles.

In a Q&A on ITV Sport’s Twitter account, Townsend detailed what he wants from a new club.

“A lot of things really,” said Townsend. “At this stage of my career it has to be the right move. There has to be a clear path to game time, I have to suit the style of play and the manager has to want me.

“My family have to be happy in their new surroundings so yeah a lot of thinking goes into this move which is why I am still without a club at the beginning of July.


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