Victor Camarasa not set to leave Crystal Palace in January, says Roy Hodgson
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson doesn’t expect Victor Camarasa to leave the club in January.
The Spanish midfielder, who scored five goals at a season-long loan last year, combined Crystal Palace on loan from Real Betis at the summer with an option to purchase for # 15m at the season’s close.
He has played with just five Premier League minutes for the club and featured as an exclusive replacement in four other games.
Reports in Spain suggest Betis are investigating the possibility of cancelling the loan to be able to sell him in the January transfer window, but Hodgson has denied these reports and insists Camarasa will be given his chance.
“There is no news on that, he’s been training very well. His misfortune, I guess, is to come in a time when we have a terrible lot of midfield players,” he said.
“As far as I’m concerned I’m pleased to be working with him here, I’m planning on him remaining but who knows I suppose.
“It’s never been possible for him to break in since he is also in very hard contest with Max Meyer. Both of them are offensive players, they bring us something different, we enjoy the two of them.”
As they were knocked out on penalties from the League Two side camarasa’s only action for Crystal Palace came from Colchester in the next round of this Carabao Cup.
Hodgson has commended the way he’s conducted himself and has urged Camarasa to stay patient.
“His work in coaching has been quite great and he has been tremendously professional and that I respect him as a player,” the manager added.
“Of course, like all players, he’s not alone, they’re happy if they are not playing at the team but they have to accept that.
“You know we have got 20 match outfield players and I am only able to play 10, so I’m afraid I’ve made 10 fairly unhappy with my group selection.”