The Crystal Palace web site have just announced the signing of Andros Townsend from Newcastle.
Townsend said this:
“I’m extremely delighted.”
“I had chats with the manager and Chairman before I signed and I’m pleased to be a part of Crystal Palace’s future.
“By the sounds of things it’s going to be a bright one and I can’t wait to get started.”
Chairman Steve Parish has added:
“It’s fantastic that we’ve managed to get a player of Andros’ quality into the Club.”
“He has played in the Premier League for a number of years and represented England on many occasions and yet he’s still only 24-years-old.
“Andros is another exciting attacking talent that we have added to our ranks and I can’t wait to see him in a red and blue shirt in the very near future.”
As a reminder this is what Andros said a short six months ago when he signed for Newcastle United:
“Newcastle is a fantastic club with great fans, a great stadium and has a great tradition,”
“As soon as I heard Newcastle were interested in me, there was only one place I wanted to go, so I can’t wait to get started.”
We’re disappointed Andros has left Newcastle United after world-class manager Rafa Benitez made him into a much better player in a very short 10 games.
The deal was for £13M – the release clause in his contract in case we were relegated – and Rafa will now have that money to further invest in the squad.
Losing a top player like Andros is just one price you pay for relegation and we deserved to go down because of the completely incompetent way Newcastle has been run over the last few years – so we cannot complain too much.
We are delighted to have Rafa now running the club and we look forward to great times returning again to Newcastle United.