Millen hints at Palace selection plans

Crystal Palace assistant manager Keith Millen has indicated Wayne Hennessey is still the first-choice goalkeeper at the club.

Crystal Palace: Millen hints at Palace selection plansCrystal Palace: Millen hints at Palace selection plans

The Wales international went into the summer surrounded by transfer speculation after being linked with a move to Everton amid concerns he was to lose his place in Alan Pardew’s starting XI.

The arrival of Frenchman Steve Mandanda only heightened expectation that Hennessey could leave but he now appears set to stay at Selhurst Park for another season, with the club deciding to let fellow shot-stopper Alex McCarthy leave instead.

With Mandanda having only just arrived at Palace after an extended summer break, Hennessey will get the chance to make the number one shirt his own at the start of the Premier League season, with Millen suggesting he has looked good in pre-season after an impressive campaign at Euro 2016.

“There has been much discussion yet because Steve isn’t fit yet, he’s only had a couple of days’ training,” said Millen. “Wayne is ahead of him with his fitness, and Wayne is in great spirits after the Euros with Wales. He’s full of confidence.

“Wayne did well, he looked good and now we’re looking forward to getting Steve fully fit.”

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