Julian Speroni has hinted that his time with the club may be coming to an end, with his current contract set to expire at the bed of the season, and no new deal on the table as of yet.
The Argentine currently stands 7th on our all-time appearance list, 11 behind Nigel Martyn and 55 behind our most appeared goalkeeper of all-time, John Jackson, however, when speaking to The Scotsman about his time in Dundee over 10 years ago, Speroni offered some quotes which gave the impression that he wasn’t feeling that confident about the chances of extending his stay.
“Yes, of course. You have different options, sometimes you have to move on. Obviously it will be hard for me not to see the Palace badge on my chest because it has been such a long time. This club is my house, the club is my family. I feel like I am a Palace fan. But as a professional you have to be able to move on – and be allowed to move on.
“Nothing has been offered yet. They say they want me to stay, but I don’t know. Different chairmen manage the club in different ways, different directors. If they want you to stay they have to offer you a contract, a contract that you deserve. At the moment, this is probably going to be my last season for the club and I want to enjoy it as much as I can because I am having a great time.
“If I had to leave then I found Palace in the Premier league and I want to leave them in the Premier League, That is my target.
Given his status amongst Palace fans, it goes without saying that the vast majority of us would far rather see Speroni finish his career with the club, rather than moving on in the summer, but as it stands he simply hasn’t been given the opportunity to commit the remainder of his career to the club.
Tony Pulis has already stated that any talks with players whose contracts expire in the summer will have to wait until we know which division we’ll be plying our trade in nerd season, although you would think that a new deal for Speroni would be as close to a no-brainer as you can get, but obviously, none of us are privy to Pulis’ thoughts about the long-term first-choice keeper, with Wayne Hennessey having joined in January.
The thought of a Palace team without Speroni in between the sticks is an image that will take a hell of a long time to get used to, but football is a ruthless game, and with his advancing age, there may be little room for sentiment when the time comes for contract talks. We will have to wait and see…