Patrick van Aanholt excited by Frank de Boer appointment


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Patrick van Aanholt believes Crystal Palace have made a shrewd appointment in naming Frank de Boer as their new manager and he is looking forward to working alongside his fellow Dutchman.

De Boer was confirmed as Sam Allardyce’s successor at Selhurst Park on Monday, putting pen to paper on a three-year deal.

January arrival van Aanholt admits he was disappointed when Allardyce surprisingly announced his departure from the club at the end of last season, but he is now excited at the prospect of working with former Ajax and Inter Milan boss de Boer.

“I was obviously disappointed to see Sam Allardyce leave the club at the end of last season as he was the reason why I joined,” van Aanholt said.

“But the news that a Dutchman has been named manager today is very exciting for me.

His record shows the quality he has as a manager and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Palace were embroiled in a relegation battle last season, eventually finishing 14th, seven points clear of the drop zone, and van Aanholt is convinced de Boer will be wanting to avoid similar struggles next term.

“The new manager will have his own plans for what he wants to do and I am sure he is as keen as anyone to get going and start this next chapter for the club,” the Dutch international added.

Palace will kick-off the new Premier League season when they play host to newly-promoted Huddersfield on August 12 and they are priced at 1.83 to win that match, while the Terriers are available at 4.75 and the draw is on offer at 3.25.

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