PALACE defender Joel Ward has lifted the lid on his new contract negotiations, revealing he is not as close to signing a new deal as first thought.
The defender and his representatives have been in talks with Eagles officials for three months, and it is understood from sources close to the player that the initial offer was turned down.
Improved terms were believed to be on the table for Ward, but the player himself says he hasn't heard anything just yet.
However, the 25-year-old is not looking to leave Selhurst Park and hopes to sign a new deal soon despite the amount of time it is taking to sort.
"There's been no movement," said Ward.
"I haven't heard more since the first round of negotiations, it hasn't come out again or been approached.
"I am just concentrating on football and hopefully things will get sorted out.
"I have loved my time at the club so far and really enjoyed it.
"It's not a hidden thing, it's gone on for quite a while but for me I just need to get on with playing."
For the full interview with Ward, don't miss the Christmas edition of the Croydon Advertiser.
By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)