Gael Clichy's past comments on Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola speaks to Gael Clichy during the game

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace recently.

Swansea's Modou Barrow in action with Manchester City's Gael Clichy

Gael Clichy spoke up in support of current Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce in the Daily Mail, when he was handed the England job.

Clichy stated that he has never enjoyed playing against Allardyce teams, as they were so robust and effective.

And the French full-back’s comments from 2016 have now taken on extra meaning, after the latest transfer links.

Manchester City's Gael Clichy in action with PSG's Lucas Moura

According to The Sun, Palace are interested in signing Clichy this summer.

And the French international appears to be a fan of Allardyce, from his past comments.

“What I can say is that when he was at Bolton, West Ham and Sunderland, it was not always a pleasant game to play,” Clichy said.

“Certain people will say he's not the man for the job. Certain people will say he's the man for the job, but that's football.

“We know what he's done in football. His teams are teams that get the job done and get the points and sometimes that's what you need.”

England manager Sam Allardyce after the press conference

If Clichy did move to Palace he would be a high-profile addition for the Selhurst Park club to make.

There are, however, some question marks over where he would fit in - as Palace already have Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick Van Aanholt competing for the left-back slot in their team.

Clichy is expected to leave Manchester City this summer, with Pep Guardiola planning a shake up of his team.

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