Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has dropped a significant hint that he’s leaving Crystal Palace, describing this summer’s European Championships as a potential ‘shop window’.
Hennessey was included in Palace’s released list but a report from Football London stressed that the list ‘shouldn’t be seen as definitive’, with the club said to be in talks with ‘several players’ over extending their stay.
The 34-year-old is currently on international duty with Wales, bidding to help his country progress through a Euro 2020 group featuring Italy, Turkey and Switzerland.
He’s been a deputy for Vicente Guaita of late, but has racked up a total of 132 appearances for Palace and recorded 37 clean sheets.
He joined Palace midway through the 2013/14 campaign for a fee of £3.29million.
His path to the first team was obstructed further when the Eagles recruited Jack Butland from Stoke City last October.
Speaking to Welsh outlet Dai Sport, Hennessey admitted that his future remained uncertain.
But he did suggest that the Euros will be an opportunity for him to demonstrate his quality to potential suitors.
“My contract is up and I have had a fantastic time at Crystal Palace,” he said. “I have loved the club, the fans, Roy Hodgson has been fantastic. But who knows what comes next?
“I am just focusing on the tournament. If I am playing then the tournament might prove a shop window, which is always nice.”
Hennessey has been a solid servant to Palace, but it’s hard to see them endeavouring to keep him with Butland now in their ranks.
Butland is a younger, and perhaps slightly stronger, candidate to be Guaita’s understudy.
And for his part, Hennessey may want to ensure he’s playing week in, week out as he nears the final years of his career. You’d think there’ll be a host of Championship sides offering him that opportunity.
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