Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has hinted that Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor may leave the club after the FA Cup final against Manchester United on Saturday.
Pardew who is set to extend his current deal with the Eagles stated that the former Real Madrid and Tottenham star has added the required experience to his squad and helping them to their first major title win in the Cup final may as well be the 32-year-old’s parting gift.
“We will sit down at the end of the year, shake hands and discuss where we go from there,” Pardew said.
“He will have options. There will be numerous offers, but nothing is decided.
“Ade has played for Real Madrid. He understands what it’s like to play in these big finals against the likes of Man United.”
Adebayor has only scored one goal in 15 appearances since signing for Palace, but Pardew is looking beyond his goal return.
The manager continued: “Ade’s been brilliant around this place. The messages and advice he’s given to the players have been great.”
On his part Adebayor said: “I like the club and I like everything that is going on,” he told Sky Sports. “I am not the one to put any pressure on anybody to stay. If they want me to stay, we’ll talk, discuss it and find an agreement. If not, life goes on and we continue moving.
“The players, we get along so well, they are cool with me and they accept me like a brother because of what I’ve done and achieved in my career.”
He continued: “So being here today with them is just beautiful for me and, even if I am not here next season, my wishes are for them to be in the top league and out there doing something special. Maybe not win the league, but finish in the top five or six because they have the quality to be up there.”