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Palace veteran Phillips: Put Premier League youngsters on performance-related contracts

Crystal Palace veteran Kevin Phillips says young Premier League players should be placed on performance-related contracts.

Phillips says too much is given too soon to young players these days.

"It's a shame when I see players not wanting it,'' Phillips told the Sunday Telegraph. "Playing for your country should mean everything. Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was put on those Three Lions. It's the pinnacle of my career.

"The attitude of some kids now is wrong. They are given too much at an early age. We throw a lot of money at them. We should make them earn it, make it performance-related up to 21, 22. Rather than 'bang! Here's £50,000 a week', let's structure it properly. 'Here's £10,000 a week, if you start here's another £10,000 etc'. You'd see a difference then.''

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