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How Wan-Bissaka’s Crystal Palace comments could help Woodward get his way at Man Utd

By Steve Jennings

Published: 16:32, 2 May 2019

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has confirmed he will still be a Crystal Palace player next season amid rumoured interest from Manchester United.

That interest is said to be from United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while vice-chairman Ed Woodward would prefer to sign Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kieran Trippier, according to the Independent.

Wan-Bissaka believes United’s reported interest highlights his performance level for Palace, where he will remain next season.

“The situation just shows that my performances don’t go unnoticed,” the defender told the London Evening Standard.

“But I am with Crystal Palace at the moment. That is where my contract is and that is where I will be next season.

“I have got three years left on my contract. It says I am going to be there, so that is all I can focus on now.”

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The Independent claims there is a “vague structure” in place at United when it comes to signings which could see the Red Devils move for Trippier instead of Wan-Bissaka.

One of the most interesting passages from the newspaper’s report cites a source who suggests Woodward would sign most of England’s World Cup squad if he could as result of the country’s success in Russia last summer.

Such thinking ignores the fact that Trippier is 28 and has endured an inconsistent campaign with Spurs, while Wan-Bissaka has been terrific for Palace and, at just 21, has the potential to improve further.

With Wan-Bissaka set to stay at Palace, though, it looks like Woodward is going to get his way.

“I am with Crystal Palace at the moment. That is where my contract is and that is where I will be next season.”

Speaking at Palace’s end-of-season awards, Wan-Bissaka expressed his delight after winning Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and the PFA Community Champion Award.

He said: “It feels good. It makes me feel proud to come away with three [awards]. As I say, I didn’t expect it but at the same time I am grateful to win all three.

“Obviously the dream was to perform well and stand out. To see that I have makes me feel proud, but at the same time it makes me hungrier for next season.

“I would like to add goals and rack up more assists than I have this season. I will get that by getting forward, but obviously first I have got to think about defending.”