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Mali's Bakary Sako destined to leave Crystal Palace after rejecting new offer

Crystal Palace’s Bakary Sako

by
Brian Lee

Sunday Jul 15, 2018. 13:30


Mali international Bakary Sako has rejected English Premier League side Crystal Palace’s new contract offer.

This has been disclosed by Palace manager and head coach Roy Hodgson, who also confirmed that the player could be on the move to another club this summer.

The 30-year-old winger, who has been on the books of Palace since 2015, is one of the four first-team players offered new deals by the Eagles.

Sako managed to establish himself as one of the Eagles’ key players after shrugging off a ankle injury and he managed to score six goals in 19 games.

However, Hodgson feels that the former Wolverhampton Wanderers player is most likely to leave the club ahead of the 2018/19 campaign which starts next month.

“No, he [Sako] is not signing, he doesn’t want to sign,” the experienced tactician told Football London.

“I guess he will be moving on, I don’t know, the last I heard was that he had turned down the offer of a contract that we had made to him, so that’s the last I have.”

The France-born player joined Palace from Wanderers on a three-year deal ahead of the 2014/15 Premier League season having previously turned out for Châteauroux and Saint-Étienne in France.

Sako struggled to establish himself as a key player at the London-based side in his first two seasons in England’s elite league.

He now looks set to leave the two-time FA Cup runners-up as a free agent.

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