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Crystal Palace midfielder pens new long-term deal

Midfielder Cheick Doucoure has penned a new long-term deal with Crystal Palace.

Our paper exclusively revealed in January that the Eagles were set to open talks with the 24-year-old over an improved contract.

The Mali international has signed a deal which runs until 2029 at Selhurst Park.

Doucoure is currently recovering from a serious Achilles tendon injury he suffered during the 2-1 defeat at Luton in November and is targeting a return to action before the 2023-24 campaign comes to an end in May.

He penned a five-year deal with the Eagles when he joined from Lens in a deal worth an initial £21million at the start of the 2022-23 season.

The midfielder made 35 appearances in all competitions last campaign and won the Player of the Season award for his performances.

Liverpool were keen on a move for Doucoure in the summer, but Palace slapped a £70m price tag on the now 24-year-old to fend off their interest.

Doucoure joins Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise, Sam Johnstone and Jordan Ayew in signing new contracts with Palace this season.

Chairman Steve Parish said: “It is brilliant news that Cheick, who was such an outstanding performer for us last season, has signed this new contract.

“We have no doubt that, after such a fantastic start to life in red and blue, Cheick will continue to progress as a player in the years to come, and I couldn’t be happier to see him become the latest player to commit their future to Crystal Palace.”

After signing the contract, Doucouré added: “I’m really happy to commit my future to Crystal Palace – I’ve enjoyed my time here so much already.

“We have a great group here, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the pitch as quickly as possible to play in front of the supporters of this fantastic football club.”



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