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Exclusive: I want to be at Crystal Palace next season despite offers elsewhere, says Julian Speroni

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PALACE legend Julian Speroni has revealed he will snub interest from other clubs if the Eagles offer him a new deal to stay. The custodian's current contract runs out in two months and he is being forced to wait until the end of the season to find out whether he will be kept on in SE25. The 34-year-old has been free to discuss terms with other clubs six months before his current deal expires, but he is hoping to stay after a successful season, playing week in, week out. However, the truth is that Monday's match against title-chasers Liverpool could indeed be his last game for the club at Selhurst Park. Supporters have been screaming for Speroni to be rewarded with a new deal after an impressive campaign, most notably since Wayne Hennessey's arrival in the January transfer window. And he revealed he will be doing his best to keep his emotions in check against Brendan Rodgers' side with his contract situation at the back of his mind. "I know the fans want to know and I would like to know where I will be next season," Speroni told the Advertiser. "I will try not to think too much about Monday, because it could turn very emotional. "I hope it's not my last game here. If it is, I want it to be a good one and I want it to be special, because ten years is not a short time. "By law, six months before your contract finishes, you are allowed to talk to other clubs, that's the way it is - you are allowed to sort out your future. "However, everyone knows my desire to stay here. I want to stay here. There has been interest from elsewhere, but I want to be here." After helping Palace achieve survival with three games remaining, it has certainly left Speroni beaming with delight, nine years on from the last time he was in the Premier League. The stopper is the only squad survivor from that 2004/05 season and has certainly seen a number of comings and goings and experienced ups and downs in his time in SE25. And if Monday's game is to be his last at Selhurst, Speroni will indeed walk away with his head held high after being part of squad which he says will "be in the history of the club forever". "It would be the perfect way to say goodbye really, to keep the team in the Premier League - that was my target," he said. "If this is the way it has to end, it would be fantastic. Palace have been in the Premier League four times before and never managed to stay there. "The fact that we have achieved that, the lads can be very, very proud of that. We know we will be in the history of the football club forever. "That is something which is priceless. I am proud of that."This interview features in today's Croydon Advertiser.

Exclusive: I want to be at Crystal Palace next season despite offers elsewhere, says Julian Speroni


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