Having joined the club in January, defender Patrick Van Aanholt starts his first pre-season at the club ready to welcome a fellow countryman to Palace following the appointment of Frank de Boer as Manager.
“I was obviously disappointed to see Sam Allardyce leave the club at the end of last season as he was the reason why I joined but the news that a Dutchman has been named manager today is very exciting for me. His record shows the quality he has as a manager and I am looking forward to working with him.
“I see it as a great positive as we go into a new pre-season and we will all prepare for a Premier League season together with some new ideas from the boss for us to take on board and work together to build as a squad.”
De Boer played over 100 games for the national side and was a title winning manager at Ajax on four occasions which means the 47 year old is held in such high regard in his own country.
“He is a big name in the Netherlands and has shown what he is capable of, having won the title four times at club level in his country and I am looking forward to having the opportunity of seeing him bring his talent into the Premier League. Personally it is a great opportunity for me to learn under him and I am looking forward to having the benefit of working with him once we get back to training.
“He has already shown what an impact he can have when you look back at what he has achieved at club level and I am sure he will be relishing the chance to manage in the Premier League at Crystal Palace.”
In the next week the Palace squad report back for training and Patrick is looking forward to the chance to see his fellow team mates again and prepare for the new season.
“I have missed the day to day training of seeing the lads, I have had my family holiday but now cannot wait to get back with the other boys and out on the training pitch ready for the new season. Pre-season is always the hardest but I am ready to rock and roll and start again.
“The new manager will have his own plans for what he wants to do and I am sure he is as keen as anyone to get going and start this next chapter for the club. “