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Schlupp: Easy Decision For Me

15 January 2017

Jeffrey Schlupp joined Crystal Palace on Friday afternoon and after being at Leicester City since a schoolboy he felt that this was the right time to make the move from The Foxes. 

“I was at Leicester for many years and I think the time was right to move on and take my career onto a different path and I saw this opportunity come along to play for Crystal Palace and it was a no-brainer. 

“Everyone knows how big the club is and you can see it is going places, it has quality players and a manager in Sam Allardyce who is known for doing well in the Premier League so it was an easy decision for me."

He took his place as a second half substitute at West Ham 24 hours after signing for the club but having played in different positions in his career we asked whether the 24 year old had a preferred place on the pitch. 

“I enjoy playing anywhere down the left hand side, left midfielder or left back. I will play anywhere in the team that the manager wants me to play though as long as I am helping the side.

"It is easy to say that Selhurst Park has the best atmosphere In the Premier League for me, playing there is always something I look forward to and I can’t wait to bring my best attributes, pace and exciting the crowd and hopefully help the team get some results.”

Schlupp played 150 times for Leicester including 24 appearances in their Premier League title winning campaign last season and has also played 12 times for the Ghanaian national team. He now turns his attention to playing under new boss, Sam Allardyce. 

“Everyone knows what he is about and is a big name in the game. He has done well at a number of Premier League clubs and I look forward to working with him."

He has already played out on loan in London, in 2011 at Brentford, as a striker where he scored six goals in nine appearances, he is looking forward to once again playing in the capital. 

“It was quite a while ago, I was just 18 years old at the time playing up front. London is a great place and hopefully I will feel at home here as soon as possible. Everyone knows that Crystal Palace should be much higher up in the league, at least the top half and hopefully I can help get the club back where it belongs."

He cannot still believe that he was part of the Premier League title winning squad and the Leicester Young Player Of The Year for season 15/16 thinks it will be some time before the extent of their achievement sinks in. 

“It was unbelievable and I still find it hard to explain now the feeling of it all and I think it will sink in properly in about five or ten years for me of how big the achievement actually was.  It was just an unreal achievement by everyone involved. 

“As a player it gives you a real feeling that any team can go and achieve the same, who would of thought when I was at Leicester City that one season we just about stayed up and then the next the club would win The Premier League. It just shows that anything is possible.” 

CLICK HERE to see the interview with our new signing and the post-match views from The London Stadium. 

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