Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew admits heavy heart at Bolasie sale

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie celebrates scoring their first goal with manager Alan Pardew

The winger ended his four-year spell with the Eagles when completed a move to Everton on Monday.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has told the club’s official website that it was with a heavy heart that they allowed Yannick Bolasie to join Everton.

The winger completed a move to Merseyside on Monday, bringing about an end to a four-year stint at Selhurst Park.

He quickly became a fan favourite during his time at the club, playing a role in their return to the Premier League and helping them to establish themselves in the division.

Manchester United's Michael Carrick and Crystal Palace's Yannick BolasieManchester United's Michael Carrick and Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie

It seems that the money offered by the Blues is what has tempted the Eagles into a sale, and Pardew has admitted they were very sorry to lose the player.

“We are very sorry to lose Yannick, he has played a massive part in the success of the club and it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye,” he told the club’s official website.

“Nonetheless this is a move that Yannick was keen to make and we have agreed a deal with Everton. He has been an iconic figure at Selhurst Park and we thank him for his contribution”.

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie in action with Reading's Jake CooperCrystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie in action with Reading's Jake Cooper

It will now be interesting to see if Pardew moves quickly to use the funds from Bolasie’s sale to find a replacement for him or improve elsewhere.

There is no denying that his exit leaves something of a hole in his side, although he does have options available to replace him. 

Wilfried Zaha or Andros Townsend could potentially fill in in the position and perhaps the Eagles boss will instead look use the funds to sign the striker his side is craving.

Crystal Palace coach Alan PardewCrystal Palace coach Alan Pardew

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