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No Italian job yet at Palace – Parish


STEVE PARISH says the Crystal Palace owners will talk to anyone who thinks they can move the club on faster and further.

However, the Eagles co-chairman says the current owners have not had any contact from anyone about taking over the club, amid speculation that Palace have been targeted by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The millionaire film producer has made no secret of his desire to take over an English club and an Italian journalist has suggested that the newly-promoted Eagles could be a target of his.

At the weekend, Corriere Dello Sport reporter Ivan Zazzaroni tweeted: "De Laurentiis wants to buy an English club and he wouldn't mind Crystal Palace."

The Napoli president himself said he was studying what was the best opportunity.

However, Parish has dismissed the reports and said there was no truth in the matter.

"It is just a distraction and we are completely focused on what we are doing," he said.

"We haven't heard anything from anyone at Napoli."

Parish added that he was surprised to hear of the link, but said if anyone wanted to discuss a potential takeover, they should go through the appropriate channels.

He said: "I can't for the life of me think why you would talk to a journalist before a business that you perhaps want to buy.

"I have said before that we would talk to anybody if they think they can take Crystal Palace forward or move things on faster.

"If they do, we will have those conversations, but we haven't had an approach from anyone."

Meanwhile, Parish said the club was busy making plans for the new season, adding that they were working tirelessly to put things in place ahead of the season's start on August 17, including making improvements to the television gantry facilities at the ground.

He said: "There is a massive amount of work to do and we are manic.

"We are up against it, but it is work we have to do at the ground with all the stipulations.

"It is what comes with being in the Premier League. There is a lot more interest, including from businesses and wanting to make use of things like hospitality."

Parish also said the Eagles were looking to attract a top side to SE25 for an "exciting" pre-season friendly.

He said: "We want to bring someone exciting to Selhurst Park that will excite the fans and provide a good warm-up to our Premier League campaign.

"There is a real feel-good factor around the club at the moment and we want to make the most of that."

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