Date: 10th June 2018 at 7:00am
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Crystal Palace confirmed the long-awaited arrival of goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to Selhurst Park on Friday.

The experienced 31-year-old stopper will officially become a Crystal Palace player on July 1st when his existing contract at Getafe expires and he does become manager Roy Hodgson’s first signing of the summer.

Our interest in the player has been long speculated but he did have other interest in him from European clubs.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC as his signing was confirmed, chairman Steve Parish explained.

“We are delighted to sign one of La Liga’s best goalkeepers and pleased that we beat off the competition for his signature. We very much look forward to Vicente joining in pre-season training and helping us push on in the Premier League.”

With the publication of the retained and released lists for the coming season, Palace have also confirmed that Damien Delaney, Chung-yong Lee and Diego Cavalieri will leave the club when their contracts naturally expire at the end of the month.

36-year-old Delaney has spent six years at Palace following his free agent arrival from Ipswich Town back at the end of August 2012. He has gone on to make 181 starting appearances for us, with a further 12 showings from the bench. He returned seven goals in those games.

He obviously played a key role in our promotion into the top-flight and consolidation in the Premier League since then.

South Korean international Lee signed from Bolton Wanderers back in February 2014. His spell has been less successful in reality, making only 19 starting appearances for us with a further 31 showings from the bench. He has returned two goals in that time.

Former Brazilian international goalkeeper Cavalieri was brought in for cover last March and his short-term deal comes to an end.

Although Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sako, Julian Speroni and Joel Ward are technically out of contract this summer, they have all been offered extensions so it’s very much watch this space for their futures.

Fans maybe have been mixed in their response to the news but I’ll ignore the more cheeky ones.

 

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