Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward set to open Crystal Palace contract talks

• Roy Hodgson keen to retain pair now club almost out of danger
• Cabaye may have to accept pay cut in order to stay at the club

Crystal Palace are to hold talks with Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward next week to clarify their plans for the future, with Roy Hodgson expecting to lose the experienced pair under freedom of contract this summer.

Palace go into Saturday’s game at Stoke six points clear of the relegation places and, while not mathematically safe, with thoughts turning to next season. Talks with five players whose deals expire on 1 July have been on hold while Hodgson’s side sought to stave off the threat of relegation but the sporting director, Dougie Freedman, will meet those concerned next week to discuss the future.

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