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Holloway confident on Phillips stay

4 July 2013 11:43

Ian Holloway is hopeful that Kevin Phillips will remain a Crystal Palace player next season.

Veteran striker Phillips, 39, is a popular figure at Selhurst Park and scored the goal that took Palace into the Premier League in last season's Championship play-off final.

While no deal has been agreed to retain the out-of-contract former Birmingham and Sunderland forward, Palace boss Holloway believes it is simply a formality that he will sign.

"Kev's coming back in for training - he'll take about five minutes to sort out I believe," he told South London Press.

A number of Championship clubs are reportedly interested in Philips, but he remains keen on playing in the top-flight next season.

Meanwhile, Palace have confirmed the departure of Brazilian midfielder Andre Moritz, with the club unable to guarantee him first-team football.

A statement on Palace's official website read: "Moritz signed a one-year deal at Selhurst Park, which expired at the start of July - and the club have decided not to offer an extended deal to the player.

"Moritz made a total of 32 appearances for Palace last season, including coming on as a substitute against Watford in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley. He found the net on five occasions.

"Crystal Palace Football Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Andre for his service and commitment during the 2012/13 season. We wish him all the best for the future."

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