Important Palace quartet all commit to new contracts

Jeffrey Schlupp

James McArthur, Jeffrey Schlupp, Martin Kelly and Stephen Henderson have each extended their contracts at Crystal Palace.

Palace, who finished 14th in the Premier League under manager Roy Hodgson last season, have not disclosed the lengths of the new deals.

Long-serving midfielder McArthur has made 210 appearances for the Eagles since joining from Wigan in 2014. We exclusively revealed earlier this week he was poised to stay on. The versatile Schlupp has played 97 times following his move from Leicester in 2017.

England cap Kelly has clocked up 145 outings having arrived from Liverpool six years ago. Back-up goalkeeper Henderson is still awaiting his Palace debut.

Kelly told the Eagles’ website: “My family are settled in south London and I’m extremely happy at Palace. It’s a close-knit club.

“I’m proud to have played my part in us establishing eight consecutive seasons in the Premier League. I’m looking forward to seeing what this squad can achieve this coming season.”

Ex-Scotland international McArthur added: “When I arrived here in 2014, I didn’t consider the fact that six years later I would be making my 200th appearance for the club as I did against Bournemouth last season.

“I’m delighted to be carrying on here.”



Andros Townsend says that Crystal Palace teammate Wilfried Zaha should be playing in the Champions League, but hopes the Eagles can keep him beyond this summer.

Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace TEAMtalk

Zaha has been strongly linked with a move away from Selhurst Park in the transfer window. His manager Roy Hodgson has also openly admitted that the Ivorian is looking depart.

That comes after he missed out on a switch to Arsenal last year. His form dipped as a result, with Zaha scoring just four Premier League goals last term.

The Gunners are believed to still hold an interest in the winger, while Everton are also understood to be keen. Napoli and Tottenham have also been touted as potential destinations in the past.

And Townsend has claimed that Zaha would be more than capable of playing for one of those top teams. Read more…