Crystal Palace V Leicester at Selhurst Park : Match Preview

14 April 2017 03:34

No contract clause to make Mamadou Sakho signing permanent, says Sam Allardyce

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has revealed the club have no option to sign Mamadou Sakho permanently at the end of his loan spell from Liverpool.

The France defender has had a significant influence on the vast improvement in Palace's form that has led to five victories from their past six fixtures and taken them into contention to preserve their Premier League status.

Allardyce has suggested they would be interested in keeping the 27-year-old beyond the end of the season, but despite paying an initial loan fee of B#2million they will have little advantage over any rivals that may emerge.

"There isn't a clause because his deal was done in the Bournemouth corridor by me after we had won 2-0, and Steve (Parish, Palace's chairman) finishing the negotiation over the phone to try and secure Mama," said Allardyce, 62.

"What a great deal that was. It was a negotiation on the final day (of the transfer window) - it was just about getting it done, getting the loan deal done, not haggling about other things other than just making sure we get him here.

"At the moment that has paid off for us. What happens in the summer can only happen in the summer and can only be talked about, for me, when we are safe.

"We are not safe and can't talk about Mama Sakho being a permanent deal here because we're still not safe and our position in the Premier League is not safe."

Wilfried Zaha is again expected to be crucial when Palace host Leicester on Saturday.

Patrick van Aanholt is in contention to return having recovered from an ankle injury, but Allardyce is expected to retain the same team that defeated Arsenal 3-0 on Monday.

Meanwhile, Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare will refuse to gamble on Wes Morgan's fitness to keep their Champions League dream alive.

The skipper is definitely sidelined for the trip to Palace with the back injury which has seen him miss the last five matches.

The Foxes host Atletico Madrid in Tuesday's quarter-final second leg, having lost 1-0 in Spain on Wednesday, with Robert Huth banned and Yohan Benalouane their only available centre-back.

But despite his defensive issues Shakespeare is not prepared to risk centre-back Morgan if he fails to prove his fitness.

He said: "We'll only put him in if he's ready. The conversation will be with Wes and our medical department and we'll give him every opportunity between now and then but if he's not ready we won't take a gamble.

"He's trained yesterday, not all with the squad, but I have said before it will be 50-50 for Atletico Madrid. He won't feature against Palace.

"I haven't seen the players this morning but I need to assess them all. We only had a light training session on Thursday for the players who played and a full session for those who didn't."

And Shakespeare is prepared to rest and rotate players at Selhurst Park with midfielder Daniel Amartey, who was in the African Nations Cup team of the tournament after playing for Ghana at centre-back, possibly playing in defence.

He said: "If I think it's the right thing to do and benefits the team all players are adaptable. Of course they have their preferred position but there are players within the squad who can utilise different positions and Daniel is one."


Source: PAR


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