Petrescu plays down Palace talk

The former Chelsea defender has distanced himself from the current managerial vacancy at Selhurst Park and says he has no plans to succeed Ian Holloway
Dinamo Moscow coach Dan Petrescu has moved to rubbish reports linking him with a switch to Premier League club Crystal Palace.

The former Chelsea defender was believed to be one of the frontrunners for the vacancy and was understood to have held talks with the Selhurst Park outfit.

However, as former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis re-emerges as the leading contender, Petrescu claims he was never interested in succeeding Ian Holloway.

"I have not been in talks with any club being under contract with another outfit," he told Sovetskiy Sport. "And I'm not set to do it in the future. Probably the clubs contacted my agent, not me.

"I love England and I'm really pleased with the fact that English clubs still remember me, but currently a move for me to England is absolutely impossible as I'm still under contract with Dinamo."

Crystal Palace are currently bottom of the Premier League and face a trip to Hull City on Saturday.