Phillips: I want to stay at Crystal Palace

The veteran striker, who scored the winning goal that sealed the Eagles' promotion to the top flight, says manager Ian Holloway wants to keep him at Selhurst Park
Kevin Phillips hopes to be offered the chance to remain at Crystal Palace and end his career in the Premier League.

The 39-year-old striker scored the winning goal in the Championship play-off final against Watford to earn the Eagles promotion to the top flight of English football.

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The former England international, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park from Blackpool, has yet to be offered a deal by Palace, but is hopeful of extending his stay.

"There’s been a lot of rumours around and I’ve been offered a couple of really testing offers but, at this stage in my career, if there’s any chance of staying in the Premier League then that’s the place to be,” he told TalkSPORT.

"That’s where everyone wants to play football. I’m pretty certain this will be my final season so if I can bow out in the top league, like Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher, then that would be great.

"I’m not sure if a Championship club can tempt me,” he added. “I know what sort of role I’m going to be playing, it’s a bit-part one, and I’d rather be doing it in the Premier League.

"Ian Holloway isn't afraid to use me, he wants me at the football club, and I want to stay. Hopefully we’ll get it sorted by the end of the week."