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Carl Jenkinson has refuted claims that his wage demands blocked his proposed January move to Crystal Palace, according to a report.
The defender was expected to join Palace in the winter transfer window but a move didn’t materialize because he failed to agree on personal terms with the Eagles.
And he has come under criticism for his decision to remain at the Emirates despite being aware that his chances here would be limited.
However, the player as revealed that it wasn’t finance that blocked his move to the Emirates, with The Telegraph backing his claims by saying Palace offered a “little more” than he is being paid at the Emirates. However, he would have had to take a 40% pay cut if Palace fails to survive relegation.
“I had a great year with Big Sam [Allardyce, at West Ham], played some of the best football of my career and got on very well with him. I’ve got a great respect for him as a manager. The opportunity to play under him again was something I was interested in doing. In the end, it didn’t pan out,” Jenkinson said about his proposed move to Crystal Palace.
“It’s a culmination of things. When you do leave a club like Arsenal, everything needs to be right. It needs to be the right manager and financially – don’t get me wrong, I don’t want silly money – it needs to be right for me.”
One can’t really blame Jenkinson, probably the prospect of playing in the Championship had weighed into his mind and he preferred to stay put until next summer when another PL club will definitely come calling.
Palace fortunes haven’t changed despite sacking Alan Pardew and hiring Sam Allardyce at the beginning of January. Their performances haven’t improved, they still sit 19th on the PL table with 14 games left to go and are likely to get relegated. So you wouldn’t blame anyone for thinking about his future at the club beyond this season.