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Palace boss Freedman hopes to keep starlets away from Man Utd, Liverpool

Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman hopes their Carling Cup semifinal defeat won't see his squad broken up.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United are chasing the likes of Nathaniel Clyne and Wilfried Zaha this month.

When asked by the London Evening Standard if he was confident that his best players will still be at the club when the window shuts, he said: "That's the big question I'm going to be asked and it is what I'm hoping for. We are on a tight budget, we work hard for each other I would be disappointed if my team was dismantled, but unfortunately it's not my decision.

"What will be will be in the next four or five months. We will try and climb the table. This cup run has dampened our results in the league, but we have a lot to look forward to. We have come a long long way in a short amount of time and I'm proud of the players."

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