While Sam Allardyce is not too fondly remembered at Crystal Palace, as is the case with whatever club he manages, his decision to sign Luka Milivojević is one few fans can complain about.
The Serbian midfielder arrived in a £17m deal back on deadline day of the January transfer window and has since established himself a firm favourite at Selhurst Park.
He remains a crucial player under Roy Hodgson to this day and has played 90 minutes in all four of Crystal Palace’s Premier League games this season.
However, he could have departed London this summer, with several clubs, including Lazio, looking at him as a potential signing.
That was because of his contract situation, with Milivojević only having a year left on his deal with the Eagles.
No move happened, and the midfielder has since signed a new deal with Palace that will keep him at the club until 2023.
It’s a period the 28-year-old is glad is behind him, admitting to Kurir the speculation about his future at Crystal Palace was ‘inconvenient’ for him.
“It was a little inconvenient because I was entering the last year of the contract,” he told the newspaper.
“In football, it is a little inconvenient when you enter the last year, all sorts of things happen. I know, I didn’t get the top offer and I extended the contract.”