Freedman plays down Clyne interest


Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman has played down talk that Nathaniel Clyne could be on his way to Manchester United.

According to, the 20-year-old defender has attracted attention from a host of Barclays Premier League clubs, and with the player out of contract at the end of the season, a number of interested parties are vying for his signature.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson was alerted to Clyne's potential during Manchester United's clash with Palace at Old Trafford in the previous round of the Carling Cup, and is understood to be preparing a bid for the talented youngster before the close of the January transfer window.

However, Eagles boss Dougie Freedman has quashed speculation suggesting Clyne is poised to leave Selhurst Park, insisting that he has received no offers for any of his players.

"There has not been one single approach for one of my players so, so far so good," he said. "Professionally, young Nathaniel is fine and our relationship is fantastic.

"If he is fit and he is on form then he will play as he has contributed to the team's defence. We have kept many clean sheets this year and he has been involved in them."

The full-back is set to line up again tomorrow night for Palace's Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Cardiff City, with a number of his suitors set to be in attendance on Tuesday evening.

"The game may make him more aware to the Premier League but it is something I am not too concerned about right now," added Freedman.

"He will play in a unit that will hopefully defend our lead."

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