London - Midfielder James McArthur has signed a new
three-year deal with Crystal Palace despite interest from other Premier League
The 27-year-old Scotland international was Palace's record
signing when he arrived from Wigan in a 7million (10million euros) deal last
He impressed new manager Alan Pardew who was keen to keep
him at Selhurst Park fending off interest from both Everton and Norwich.
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"I'm delighted, I had a fantastic time last year and I
think the club's going in a great direction," McArthur told cpfc.co.uk.
"Everyone's positive around the place and I'm really
looking forward to the coming years.
"I think there was a bit of general interest [in me],
but Palace is where I want to be, I'm happy and that's the main thing in
"When you're happy, you need to try to keep that and
keep going with it. I think the club have got the potential to go places. It
was an easy decision. There was nothing really to consider."
Pardew, who guided Palace to 10th in the Premier League last
season, praised the impact of McArthur since his arrival at Selhurst Park.
"James is a very important player for this football
club, he was key for me last season and he has impressed with every aspect of
his play," Pardew said.
"I've been a fan of his for a long time and was
impressed with his performances when he was playing for Wigan."
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