Former prospect John Bostock has a message for Crystal Palace fans

Former Crystal Palace prospect John Bostock has voiced his regret for the way he left the club for Tottenham Hotspur.

Former Crystal Palace youngster John Bostock has told The Mail he has regret over the manner of his departure for Tottenham Hotspur.

The midfielder was one of English football's brightest talents when he left Palace in 2008 to sign with Tottenham.

At Spurs he failed to kick on, and now plays for Belgian side OH Leuven, admitting for the first time since signing for Spurs he feels his career is back on track.

Speaking to the paper frankly about his career journey so far, he expressed that he wished his departure from Crystal Palace was not to acrimonious.

He said: "I love the club and I wish things ended on a better note. I never intended to hurt Palace fans."

Bostock and his step-father were criticised publicly by Palace chairman at the time, Simon Jordan, who told The Guardian they would no longer be welcome at Selhurst Park, stating: "They have renewed their tickets for next season but I will be refunding them and sending them back."

The 23-year-old, looking back, says, he may have taken a "different decision in hindsight", regarding joining Spurs, but did not elaborate whether this meant staying at Crystal Palace or joining a different club, with Arsenal one of the sides also linked at the time.

Given the way Bostock's career has failed to ignite, there won't be much bitterness towards him at Palace these days, simply a rueful shake of the head at a missed opportunity, and his loss.

Wilfried Zaha was another to leave Crystal Palace for supposedly a bigger and better future, joining Manchester United, and similarly got lost in the shuffle, but at least the Eagles were able to sign him back just two seasons for less than the amount they sold him for.

The message to Yannick Bolasie and any emerging youngsters at Palace? Staying put may just be the smartest choice they could possibly make, especially with the club looking to kick on and become a regular finisher in the top half of the Premier League table.

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