Friday 11 July 2014
Striker Marouane Chamakh has committed his immediate future to Crystal Palace after agreeing a new contract with the club.
"We've had a good season and built something really strong"
The Moroccan striker, who joined the Eagles on a free transfer from Arsenal last summer, has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal to prolong his stay at Selhurst Park. The 30-year-old scored five goals in 32 top-flight appearances and helped the south London side recover from a poor start to achieve a club-record 11th-place finish in the Barclays Premier League.
Speaking back in May, Chamakh confirmed it had always been his intention to agree fresh terms in SE25. "My first choice would be to continue my adventure with Crystal Palace," he told the Palace Programme. "My priority is to stay here. The adventure here is not over. We've had a good season and built something really, really strong. I hope that will continue.
"I've played more football this year and that's why I came here. It was a challenge to play regularly, to enjoy my football and have fun again. I lost that before, so it was really important for me to find that emotion again. I needed that, I wanted that and I am so happy."
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Chamakh will fly out to Austria where the Palace squad are on their pre-season training camp and could play a part in their first friendly against GAK Graz on 16 July. For a full list of pre-season fixtures, click here >>. Tony Pulis's side begin their BPL campaign against Arsenal on the weekend starting 16 August.