Crystal Palace are pleased to announce that Yannick Bolasie has signed a new contract at the club.
Bolasie’s previous deal in SE25 had been due to expire this summer, but the Democratic Republic of Congo winger has now committed his future to the club by agreeing terms on a new three-year contract.
The winger gave his immediate reaction to cpfc.co.uk. "I am delighted I am here today with it all signed and I’m ready to kick on and play in the best league in the world.
“I was aware there had been speculation about interest from elsewhere but I in my mind I knew it would be best for my development to stay here and play to the best of my abilities.
“Everyone has seen over the last two years that I have improved and improved and that’s what I want to do again this year.”
Bolasie has admitted he is living the dream playing in England’s top flight and will relish the chance of first team football this season. “When I first moved we were bottom of the Championship. Who would have thought that today we would be playing our second season in the Premier League and creating history so this is definitely a dream for me.”
On a day of new arrivals at the training ground he gave his view on the new manager and a return of a good friend. “With the new manager Neil Warnock he’ll be looking to do a good job and the likes of Wilf (Zaha) coming back makes it even better and on the wings there’s a lot of competition which everyone will be looking forward to.
“I think it’s a good deal for the club and for him because obviously he’s been a bit frustrated after not playing many games last season so hopefully he can make amends for us.”
Bolasie joined the club from Bristol City in August 2012 and has gone on to make 79 first-team appearances.
He was key part of the Crystal Palace side that gained promotion to the Premier League in May 2013, playing 48 games in all competitions, scoring three times and contributing plenty more assists – including the telling cross that led to Wilfried Zaha’s opening goal in the play-off semi-final victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Bolasie was once again a mainstay of the Eagles’ side under Ian Holloway and then Tony Pulis last term, making the step up to England’s top flight look effortless by turning in a string of fine displays during his impressive 30-game campaign.