Ade to sit tight at Palace
By Mark Kendall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
CRYSTAL PALACE misfit Ade Akinbiyi is set to sit out his contract at Selhurst Park after being informed that he no longer features in the club's first-team plans.
The striker's agent Andrew Mills informed planetfootball.com that while the striker was resigned to being frozen out at the South London outfit, he would not be turning his back on his lucrative contract with the Eagles.
The former Leicester hit-man, who has netted just three goals in 28 appearances in a disastrous spell at Palace, was left out of the club's pre-season tour to Spain and is now out in the cold.
"It was no surprise to either myself or Ade (that he did not go to Spain)," stated Mills.
"We didn't think he'd be going. Steve Kember has made it clear that Ade does not feature in his plans.
"It's an uncomfortable position for all concerned.
"To be honest I'm not sure what the end result will be.
"Palace don't want to spend anymore on Ade's position, but it's too much money for him to turn his back on.
"It's an impasse really for all parties."
Mills, who also handles the affairs of Akinbiyi's Palace team-mate Hayden Mullins, added that the defender-cum-midfielder looked likely to remain at Selhurst Park this summer.
Mullins would be available on a Bosman free transfer at the end of next season, and it had seemed likely Palace would be forced to cash in on him this close season.
However, Mills added that there had been no fresh approaches for the former England Under-21 international since tentative initial enquiries from Birmingham City and Portsmouth.
"There are no developments since I last looked at Hayden's situation," continued Mills.
"Crystal Palace will probably want to get something for him, but there has only been muted interest from Birmingham and Portsmouth.
"I think the Portsmouth situation depends very much on whether they end up signing either Jody (Morris) or Darren (Anderton)."