Crystal Palace defender Nikola Tavares is looking for a new club in Europe.
The 22-year-old centre back is looking for regular game time after struggling to establish himself at the London outfit.
Tavares made the bench for Palace on several Premier League games towards the end of the 2019/20 season – this includes an away game against champions, Liverpool.
To make matters worse, the U23 captain sustained an injury that took him out of action for the remainder of 2020.
Tavares went through the Hellenic youth development system before being spotted by a scout who took him to trials in England. Brighton and Hove Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace all showed interest, but it was the Eagles that snapped him up to join their U18 squad.
In an interview with this publication, the Cape Town-born youngster admitted that it’s not been a smooth process, but now the main aim is finding a new club where he can play regular football and make progress in his career.
“2020 ended pretty badly for me, but now I’m looking for a new club before the end of the transfer window. I need to start playing regular first team football and take my career to the next level,” he explained.
“The injury was a big blow for me, I was nearing my first team debut, but it’s football these things happen. Age is still on my side I must just keep working hard and focus then things will work themselves out you know.
“We have a few clubs that have shown interest so we will sit down with my agent and family then make the right decision going forward,” he concluded.
At the end of January, the transfer window is closing in England and the defender will hope to find a new home as soon as possible.
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