Chelsea target Michael Olise signs new four-year deal with Crystal Palace

On statement posted on X, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish officially announced that Michael Olise has signed a new four-year contract with the club- despite the player being of interest to Chelsea.

The statement read: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce @m.olise has decided to commit his future to Crystal Palace football club and this afternoon signed a new four year deal with the club.”

The English businessman rounded off the post by stating that the Frenchman is an Eagle, followed by two red and blue hearts and an emoji with a finger over it’s lips.

This emoji is likely in reference to the recent news that Chelsea have activated a £35m release clause in the winger’s contract, which was set to expire 2026.

However, despite The Blues being ready to complete the transfer in the coming days and the player having already ‘said yes’ to the move, the 21-year-old has now committed his future to Roy Hodgson’s side.

Having signed for The Eagles for just over €9m from Reading in July 2021, this contract renewal follows a campaign in which Olise claimed Palace’s 2022/23 player of the season, impressing with his excellent set piece taking, trickery, and creativity from the right-wing, as he accumulated two goals and 11 assists in 31 starts- becoming the first player in the club’s history to make over 10 assists in a Premier League season.

Although he is set to be side-lined until the end of September with a torn hamstring, this news will come as a significant boost for Palace, as Olise, Eberechi Eze, and new signing Mathues França look to fill in the void left by former starman Wilfred Zaha this season, who recently departed for Galatasaray on a free transfer after eight years at his boyhood side.

Travis Levison | Get Football

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