Crystal Palace attacker Alexander Sorloth allegedly signed a new contract at Selhurst Park before he joined Trabzonspor on a two-year loan deal.
According to reports from Norway’s TV2, Sorloth penned the deal before heading out to Turkey, despite Transfermarkt claiming his deal at Palace is still set to expire in 2022 – just one season after the loan deal ends in Turkey.
On Crystal Palace’s website, there was nothing which said anything about his contract extension, nor in the article which announced his departure.
Sorloth opened up on the situation (via Sport Witness).
“Palace will still see how my development goes. At the same time, if I complete the two-year loan then I have only one year left of the contract, and then it is difficult for them to have any good negotiating cards after the end of the loan period.
“As long as it is on the table, you obviously have a goal about it [Premier League]. But right now, I’m really just thinking about doing as best as I can at Trabzonspor, continuing to score goals and being able to fight for trophies.”
Similarly to what Sorloth alludes to, it wouldn’t make much sense for Palace to have a loan deal expire with just one year to go before his contract runs out, as it would put them in a bad position financially.
If Sorloth was still not at Premier League level but had still improved enough to be worth a decent amount of money, he could easily wait for his contract to expire or get a move for a much smaller fee due to Palace not wanting him to go on a free.
Therefore, by signing him to an extension it gives Palace some comfort with what to do with the player.
Palace will be glad if they did sign him for an extension as he has shown terrific form since joining Trabzonspor. He’s scored three goals in five games for the club, including two vital ones to help them qualify for the Europa League.