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Published: 09:30 | 12/1/16

Pardew says players will stay

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is confident that none of his key players will leave during the current transfer window.

The Eagles have enjoyed an excellent first half of the season and currently sit seventh in the Barclays Premier League table and, while there has been some speculation surrounding some of the squad, Pardew believes that the special relationship that exists between the club and its players ensures that no-one will leave this month.

Speaking ahead of the club's FA Cup third round clash with Southampton, the manager said: "One of the reasons we gave them the contracts was to say: 'We want to keep your heart and your mind here'.

"So, there haven't really been too many rumours about our players going out and I hope it stays like that because sometimes it is fuelled by a player's agent.

"The fact of it is that we are pretty confident that we will keep all of our best players here. One or two players who are not playing may move on if the bid is right, for sure."

The former Newcastle boss is hoping that his charges will make their mark on the FA Cup this season, a tournament that he always enjoyed as a player and continues to do so as a manager.

He reached the final with Palace as a player in 1990 and as a manager with West Ham in 2006, but was on the losing side on both occasions.

"Growing up with the FA Cup it was something that was very important to me," he added.

"You look at the chances of actually winning a trophy for the manager. Trying to win the Premier League with a club of our size is very, very difficult, so the FA Cup and the League Cup is something which is massive to me, massive for our fans and massive for our players and the club who are having a great season, so we are going to try and get a cup run.

"We would have liked an easier draw, Southampton away is not particularly easy but we are looking forward to it.

"We have got 5,000 fans going down and we have a responsibility to them to make sure that we are very strong.

"It is a competition I love. To be part of that folklore of winning is something that has just missed me on two occasions.

"On the third occasion I hope it doesn't. You need a bit of luck.

"When I got to the final with Palace our draw was fairly easy if I'm honest, we capitalised. This draw is tough and we have to come through it, we are going to try to put it right."

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