Crystal Palace have confirmed that goalkeeper and club legend Julian Speroni will be leaving the club this summer after being at Selhurst Park for 15 years, Sky Sports report.
Twitter: BREAKING: @CPFC goalkeeper Julian Speroni is to leave the club at the end of the season after almost 15 years. (@SkySportsNews)
Since signing from Dundee in 2004, the Argentine has made over 400 appearances for the South London club, keeping 112 clean sheets and receiving the Player of the Season award five times. Only three players have made more appearances for Crystal Palace.
The goalkeeper has been a part of the club from their administration to their promotion to the Premier League after winning the playoffs back in 2013.
Although he has not made many appearances this season with Wayne Hennesey and Vicente Guaita taking the leading role in goal, Speroni’s contribution to the club will not be forgotten, even some fans calling for him to have a statue erected.
Twitter: Also, I am fully behind the suggestion of building Speroni a statue at Selhurst.
15 years with us; forget the Prem… https://t.co/ttYrC9PQ8E (@HLTCO)
With the Eagles playing their last game of the season against Bournemouth, it has been suggested by fans for the keeper to make the starting XI. Speroni has only played once in the league this term, when Palace were unlucky not to take home at least one point, after losing 4-3 against Liverpool.
The 39-year-old also started against Tottenham Hotspur in their FA Cup fourth-round clash, in which Palace defeated their London rivals 2-0 to progress to the next round.
It would be a good send off for Speroni if he were to make the starting XI, as the only thing Palace have to play for is a higher league finish; should they take all three points and West Ham lose or draw, they will finish 11th in the Premier League for a second consecutive season.
Goalkeepers Palace could bring in this summer
With Wayne Hennesey losing his place as Palace number one earlier this season, the club could look to bring in Butland over the summer. Roy Hodgson has previously worked with Butland before, so the 26-year-old could be keen on a move to Selhurst Park.
Youngster Lafont is highly regarded across Europe and could be a shrewd signing by the Eagles if available.
Mignolet could be another option for Palace if they lose either Hennesey or Guaita this summer.
Leeds keeper Casilla may look to leave Elland Road in the summer if the club fail to earn promotion to the Premier League. The Spaniard would bring plenty of experience to Selhurst Park.
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