Speroni could still stay
Palace keeper ponders final contract offer
Last Updated: November 24, 2010 12:07pm
Speroni: Uncertain future
Julian Speroni is yet to sign a new contract at Crystal Palace but claims there is still a chance he could stay.
The popular goalkeeper will see his current deal expire at the end of the season and has so far stalled on penning fresh terms.
Palace are growing increasingly anxious and have already admitted that they may need to cash in during the January transfer window in order to avoid losing Speroni on a free.
The Eagles have made one last effort to get the Argentine to commit, with a final offer on the table at the moment.
Speroni was disappointed to have seen a deadline day move to Fulham over the summer blocked, denying him the chance to experience life in the Premier League.
That has led to reports suggesting he will spurn Palace and open himself up to offers, but the 31-year-old, who has been at Selhurst Park since 2004, insists that is not necessarily the case.
"The club have made the final offer, the negotiations are over and it is up to me to decide," Speroni told the Croydon Advertiser.
"I have a huge decision to make. For me, for my career and for my family.
"I know some people think that I am definitely leaving, but there is still a chance that I could stay because of the love I have for the club.
"I think the last time I signed a deal, when Neil Warnock was at the club, it went even further down the line, the contract ran out in the summer and I eventually signed it in March.
"What I know for sure is this is the hardest decision I've ever had to make and I want to make sure that I get it right."