Patrick Van Aanholt

Patrick van Aanholt speaks out over Juventus links

Crystal Palace star Patrick van Aanholt has been speaking out over the rumours linking him with a move to Serie A side Juventus.

‘I am a Palace player and I am looking forward to the season’

Van Aanholt told Sky Sports,

“It is always good to be linked with big clubs like Juventus. It is a sign that I am in a good way.

“I am feeling good and I want to keep doing that, but I am a Palace player and I am looking forward to the season.

“I am happy. We have got a great squad, my family lives in London, my kids go to school here.

“It is just a rumour and unless there is really people coming in then I will never worry about it.

“We had a couple of good games in pre-season,” said Van Aanholt. “The team looks good and solid.

“We have welcomed three signings. I knew [Cheikhou] Kouyate from West Ham, Max Meyer I don’t really know but I have heard he is a very good player and I am looking forward to playing with him.

“We had a great pre-season, now it is time to rock and roll.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on September 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

A Jekyll and Hyde season for Palace

The 2017/18 season for Crystal Palace was very much up and down. They started the season by picking up zero points from their first seven league games.

During those seven games, Palace would also fail to score a single goal, a new league record.

However, once Roy Hodgson took over Palace’s form dramatically improved, Hodgson picked up a 2-1 win vs Chelsea in his first game in charge of Palace.

From there, Palace grew in confidence and would finish the 2017/18 season in 11th place, not bad considering they lost their first seven games and were clear favourites to go down.

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