The players set to leave Crystal Palace this summer - and five who could join them

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Roy Hodgson faces some big decisions after agreeing to remain as Crystal Palace manager for the new Premier League season.

It’s full steam ahead for Crystal Palace after manager Roy Hodgson verbally agreed to stay on for another season after overseeing an improvement in fortunes to stave off the threat of relegation following his appointment as Patrick Vieira’s successor in March.

A return of 18 points in ten games helped the Eagles into the safety of mid-table and ensured they will compete in the Premier League for an eleventh consecutive season. Preparations for the campaign are already well underway after the club confirmed their retained list - but there are still several big decisions for Hodgson to make after he extended his 47-year managerial career by another 12 months.

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We’ve assessed which players are leaving Selhurst Park this summer and names the team-mates that could be joining them in heading for the exit door ahead of the new season.

Leaving: James McArthur

James McArthur (C) of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Yohan Cabaye (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)James McArthur (C) of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Yohan Cabaye (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
James McArthur (C) of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Yohan Cabaye (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Nine years have passed since McArthur left Wigan Athletic and made a £7 million move to Palace. After over 250 appearances, the 32-times capped Scotland international will leave Selhurst Park next week when his current contract comes to an end. He departs with the warm wishes of Palace, with chairman Steve Parish praising McArthur for the impact he has made.

He said: “An absolute stand-out professional, on and off the pitch, James’ leadership and character will be hard to replace. I’d like to personally thank him for his contribution to the club; and wish him and his family nothing but the very best for the future. We look forward to one day welcoming him back; he will always be welcome at Selhurst Park.”

Leaving: Luka Milivojevic

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McArthur is not the only long-serving Palace midfielder leaving the club over the coming days as the departure of captain Luka Milivojevic was also confirmed. The former Olympiakos and Anderlecht star has made just short of 200 appearances for the club over the last six years and he described his time at the club as special when his exit was revealed.

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He said: “To play in the Premier League is every player’s dream, and to do it for so long at Crystal Palace has been an honour – I hope that I have made you all proud. I want to say thank you to all of you guys: players, coaching staff, and a lot of people behind the scenes. Thank you to all of you guys who have made me feel special every day.”

Leaving: Jack Butland

The former England goalkeeper made 17 appearances in all competitions for Palace over the last three seasons but spent the second half of last season on loan at Manchester United, acting as cover for regular number one David de Gea. Butland is out of contract over the next week and has already agree a move to Scottish Premiership club Glasgow Rangers.

Could leave: Wilfried Zaha

 Crystal Palace's Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images) Crystal Palace's Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Crystal Palace's Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

A genuine Selhurst Park legend, Zaha has made over 450 appearances over the course of two spells with the Eagles and have provided 91 goals and 77 assists during that time. But nothing can quite match the memories he has created with Palace supporters and the strong bond forged with them. Zaha is out of contract this summer and will officially become a free agent next week - but Palace have confirmed they have offered terms to the Ivory Coast forward in an attempt to persuade him to commit his future to the club.

Could leave: Nathan Ferguson

The former West Bromwich Albion defender has made just one appearance for the Eagles after achilles and hamstring injuries disrupted his career at Selhurst Park. Described as ‘a little diamond’ by Roy Hodgson when he saw his involvement in last season curtailed in March, Ferguson has been offered a new deal as his current contract approaches its final days.

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Could leave: Jairo Riedewald

As 12 appearances in all competitions over the last two seasons suggests, Riedewald has struggled to make an impact at Palace. With just one year left on his contract, it seems almost certain the former Ajax man will be leaving Palace this summer if a buyer can be found.

Could leave: Jean-Phillipe Mateta

Jean-Philippe Mateta of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the Premier League match  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)Jean-Philippe Mateta of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the Premier League match  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Jean-Philippe Mateta of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the Premier League match (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Mateta has ten goals in 67 appearances since joining Palace from Mainz in January 2021 but only found the net twice last season. Despite that underwhelming return the former France Under-21 international was surprisingly linked with a move to Premier League rivals Everton during the January transfer window and although it would be a shock if the Toffees revisited that bid, it would be less of a surprise to see Mateta depart this summer.

Could leave: Joachim Andersen

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Firstly, it would be wise to state Andersen would only depart Palace this summer if a sizable bid comes in. The Denmark international has made a big impact since moving to Selhurst Park in a reported £17 million deal in July 2021 after he impressed during a loan spell at Fulham. Andersen is said to have admirers, with Newcastle United linked with the big centre-back in recent weeks - but as stated, only a big offer could tempt Palace into authorising a deal.

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