Aston Villa-linked Mile Jedinak comments on Crystal Palace exit speculation

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak at the end

The midfielder, stripped of the Eagles captaincy by Alan Pardew, has been linked with a move to Villa Park.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates after the match

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has told Fox Sports that he is no less committed to the club despite losing the captaincy and being linked with a move to Aston Villa.

A report from the Daily Mail last week said that Eagles boss Alan Pardew was looking to offload the 32-year-old midfielder from Selhurst Park this summer.

It was revealed that Pardew had taken the captain's armband off the Australian international - who had held the role since 2012-13 - and instead handed it to centre-back Scott Dann ahead of this season.

Australia's Mile Jedinak (R)

That, combine with the talk that Palace are looking to sell, has led to increasing speculation that Jedinak will not be at the London club come the end of the transfer window.

Aston Villa fans urged their club to snap up the experienced midfielder last week, and it has since been reported that Jedinak is indeed on a shortlist of experienced targets.

However, speaking to Fox Sports in Australia, Jedinak has insisted that he is not concerned with speculation about his future and instead remains fully focused on helping the Palace cause in whatever way he can.

Jedinak said: "I haven’t heard any other reason [for losing the captaincy] so you take it as it is until you hear otherwise and just continue to do your job week in week out.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak at the end

 

"My commitment is to Palace, I’m a Palace player, I’ve not been told otherwise by anybody and until then you remain committed.

 

"At this time of the season there’s a lot of speculation but I just remain true to myself and keep my head down and not remain muddled with anything. Just keep a clear head and get on with the job."

Jedinak, an integral part of the Palace team which won promotion back to the Premier League in 2012-13, played every single league fixture the following campaign as he led the side to finish in a comfortable mid-table position on their top-flight return.

However, he has seen his action limited over the last couple of years, and despite his comments it would still be no surprise to see him leave the club this summer.

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