Scott Dann explains why he signed new Crystal Palace contract, despite Everton interest

The Crystal Palace defender was linked with a summer move to Everton.

Dann has tied his future down to Palace, and he has told the official club website why he rejected rival Premier League interest from Everton to sign a five-year contract.

He said: “There was some interest from other clubs over the summer so I spoke to the chairman and the manager about their plans for the future, and after hearing what they had to say, and with all the other lads signing, I knew I was at the right club so I wanted to commit my future to Palace and aim for a top eight finish this season.”

With Palace holding big plans for the coming years, signing an extension with the club came as no surprise.

Dann, 28, is a central part of Palace’s squad, and was named Player of the Year for 2014/15. He becomes the latest of a number of first-team stars to tie down their futures at Selhurst Park - along with Julian Speroni, Jason Puncheon and James McArthur - and Dann signing comes just days after Yohan Cabaye moved to the club.

There are big hopes that the Eagles start to progress and push forward in the coming seasons, having now established themselves in the Premier League, and the business they are completing this transfer window suggests the only way is up.

Dann is a vital component to Palace’s success, and Everton’s interest in him was widely reported. The Mirror reported that they submitted an £8 million offer for him, but Dann never had any desire to leave the club - with the new contract the start of a new era of success at Selhurst Park.

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