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Crystal Palace announce Speroni exit

Long-serving goalkeeper Julian Speroni will leave Crystal Palace at the end of this season when his contract expires. Credit: PA

Long-serving goalkeeper Julian Speroni will leave Crystal Palace at the end of this season when his contract expires.

Palace announced on Thursday the 39-year-old Argentinian, who joined the Eagles in 2004, would not be offered a new deal.

Speroni has made 405 appearance for Palace, the most for any goalkeeper in the club's history, with a record 112 clean sheets.

The veteran has featured just twice for Roy Hodgson's side this season, in the 4-3 Premier League defeat at Liverpool and the 2-0 FA Cup win over Tottenham.

Palace chairman Steve Parish told the club's website: "Julian has devoted the best 15 years of his playing career to our club, and will go down in the record books - but perhaps more importantly, will be remembered as a true club legend by all Palace fans and everyone at the club.

"You just don't get many people like Julian in elite football any more - he is a model professional, ultra-committed, immensely loyal, and has set impeccable standards to his team-mates down the years.

"His contribution to this club cannot be overstated, and we will be eternally grateful for his service."

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