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Palace move to upgrade academy facilities for better chance of keeping talent

Crystal Palace are upgrading the facilities for their famed academy.

The Daily Mail says Manchester United signing Wilfried Zaha is the latest star to emerge from Palace's Category Two academy, whose facilities are not of sufficient standard to prevent players moving on to bigger clubs for a nominal fee.

Work has now begun on making significant improvements ahead of a re-application to secure Category One status under the Elite Player Performance Plan guidelines.

Palace's academy is one of the most productive in England and the club are keen to protect any up-and-coming talent.

Premier League players Victor Moses, Ben Watson and Nathaniel Clyne have come though the Palace ranks in recent years.

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