Crystal Palace F.C. winger Yannick Bolasie has committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term deal at Selhurst Park.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo international, who joined the Eagles from Bristol City for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2012, has scored seven goals in 119 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Bolasie, 26, was heavily linked with a exit from Selhurst Park this summer, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur among the reported suitors.
However, Palace manager Alan Pardew has insisted that no bid came in for the 26-year-old during the summer transfer window.
“This is a good news story for the club, to secure this guy,” Pardew told the club’s official website. “Not only is he an exciting player who our fans love, but he’s a great guy, a great character, unspoilt by fame and success. I’m really pleased.
“I’ve said all along that this guy needs to deliver the final moment, and when he does that he won’t be here in three and a half years.
“So my first priority was to secure him, and develop him. If I can develop him and take this club forward, that’s great. Then if a big club comes, we use that money to take the club forward. Simple equation.
“There was no bid for Yannick. But we know, if he was available for £5 million, we’d have a queue from here to wherever. He’s a lot more money than that, and now we’ve got three and a half years he’s a lot more money.
“If I can make him even better, then that’s good security for the club.”
Sherwood: I would not sell Grealish for £60m
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has revealed he would not sell starlet Jack Grealish for £60 million.
Grealish, 20, is a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international but could still decide to represent England at the senior international level.
The 20-year-old scored his first Premier League goal earlier this season, but Sherwood’s valuation of the player is nothing short of ridiculous.
Keep in mind, Sherwood recently said Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could have managed Real Madrid. Oof.
When asked how much Grealish is worth, Sherwood told the Daily Mirror: “I wouldn’t want to sell Jack Grealish for £60m today, put it that way. I know what he could possibly be.
“What looks expensive this year might not be expensive next year. That’s the way the game is going.
“He’s a great player is Jack, but he’s got to realise – I’ve been on at him every day – there is more to the game than just when you’re in possession.”