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Crystal Palace set to keep captain Luka Milivojevic

Crystal Palace are happy to keep hold of club captain Luka Milivojevic this summer despite interest being shown from other clubs, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

What’s the latest?

Nixon’s update (via Inside Futbol) claims that the Eagles are happy to keep hold of the Serbian midfielder despite interest from elsewhere.

A previous report from Inside Futbol claimed that the player was prepared to leave the club after falling out of favour at Selhurst Park and seeing his game time limited.

A number of clubs have shown interest in the Serbian including recently promoted Fulham, but the Eagles are happy for him to stay and be part of the squad next season.

The club may want to avoid selling him to a potential rival, but if he’s not guaranteed enough game time he could eventually force a move.

Supporters will be fuming

It’s clear that Palace supporters’ relationship with Milivojevic has soured recently due to frustrations over some of his performances which have been below standards expected.

As a result a lot of fans probably would have been hoping that he would be offloaded this summer, but it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll be around for longer.

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When you look at his statistics for last season you can see why they’re not happy. He ranked in the bottom 10% for interceptions when compared to his positional peers in the Premier League and the bottom 6% for players dribbled past.

This proves that he doesn’t carry the ball far and struggles when it comes to reading opposition passes. It may seem simple to move him on, but it’s a bold statement to sell your captain and that might be contributing to Patrick Vieira’s reasoning.

The 31-year-old also scored a crucial own goal in a game against Burnley at home back in February, which earnt the Clarets a point at Selhurst Park and further added to Milivojevic’s woes.

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Supporters’ discontent towards him was made even more obvious at the end-of-season awards where he was remarkably booed. He may deserve more respect than that, but it seems like it’s best for all if he departs the club as soon as possible.

If Palace make any more signings in the middle of the park then they may be more willing to let Milivojevic leave, and with his contract running out next summer they might as well cash in now.

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