Joel Ward in talks over new Crystal Palace contract: ‘There are many more years here for me’

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<p>Joel Ward is one of several Crystal Palace players out of contract this summer</p> (Getty Images)

Joel Ward is one of several Crystal Palace players out of contract this summer

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Joel Ward is hoping for “many more years” at Crystal Palace and is in talks over a new deal.

The right-back, who has been a mainstay of the side since the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United in 2019, is out of contract at the end of this month.

Talks have been rumbling on with most players, though for a number of them final decisions will be left to the new manager, with Palace yet to appoint a successor to Roy Hodgson.

"I still believe there are many more years here at the club for me and hopefully that can get resolved and sorted," Ward said.

"I would like to think I have given everything I can to keep the club in the Premier League. Hopefully things get sorted out, we are in talks and the club know where I stand, so hopefully things can move forward and when it gets tied up we can enjoy the next few years."

Christian Benteke was another Palace player out of contract but has agreed a two-year extension, while Gary Cahill and Andros Townsend are also expected to stay at Selhurst Park.

Mamadou Sakho, James McCarthy and Connor Wickham are all expected to depart, meanwhile.

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