Sako hoping for new Palace deal

Crystal Palace

Bakary Sako has confirmed he wants to stay at Crystal Palace even though his future is uncertain with his contract up in the summer.

The Mali international has weighed in with an important five goals in 16 appearances when coming on as a sub this season and he believes he has a future at the club under Roy Hodgson.

Sako’s deal expires in six months and it’s unclear if Hodgson is prepared to offer the 29-year-old fresh terms, even though he’s now fully fit following a succession of previous injuries.

When asked if he wants to stay beyond the end of the season, Sako said: “Yes, of course. I am just enjoying my football at the moment, so I am not really focused on my contract situation.

“It’s not about my personal situation, I just want to help the team and we’ll see at the end of the season. Fingers crossed I am injury-free now and I am enjoying my football.

“I have had to recover properly after training and matches, to do things right. I was doing that before but I was just unlucky. I don’t know why I was getting injured but now I am really happy.”

He added: “I have been injured a lot, so the manager has been playing me up front, so right now I am really enjoying it and it’s good for me.”