Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic put to bed any fears of him leaving the club on a free transfer next summer when he recently signed a new four-year contract extension, having previously had under 12 months remaining on his terms.
The Serbia international has emerged as a key player at Selhurst Park since signing from Olympiacos in a deal worth roughly £11m under Sam Allardyce.
Milivojevic has scored an impressive 24 goals in 97 appearances for the Eagles, averaging around a goal every four games from a midfield position – his latest comments, however, could be a potential concern for the future.
Speaking to Kurir, the 28-year-old said: “It was a little inconvenient because I was entering the last year of the contract.
“In football, it is a little inconvenient when you enter the last year, all sorts of things happen. I know, I didn’t get the top offer and I extended the contract.”
The last few words of Milivojevic’s comments are the ones that should be of potential concern.
He basically suggests that he because he didn’t get an offer from a top club he decided to renew his contract with the south London-based side, which suggests that he was all but ready to move on had such a bid for his services arrived.
If the Serb continues to impress in a red and blue shirt and gains more and more media attention – which does in turn attract the attention of a club who the midfielder deems as a ‘top’ side – then Palace could potentially be in danger of losing their captain seeing as he was seemingly ready to leave this summer.
He is clearly happy to stick around at Selhurst Park for now, but his comments do strongly suggest that he was ready to move on to a bigger club had the offer arrived – his words should serve as a potential future concern for the Eagles.