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Palace's Soares plays down Blackburn link

Tom Soares has distanced himself from reports of a summer switch to Blackburn after insisting he is happy at Crystal Palace.

The Eagles youngster has caught the eye this season under the stewardship of Neil Warnock and reports had suggested Rovers had been keeping tabs on his progress.

The former England Under-21 international, while flattered to be mentioned in such circles, says his sole priority is to get the Selhurst Park club back to the top flight.

He told the Croydon Advertiser: "Obviously it's brilliant when you hear that Premiership clubs are interested in you - but I just want to concentrate on Palace.

"If I keep working hard things will take care of themselves - but first things first, I want to help Palace get promoted.

"I'm confident I've got what it takes to be a Premiership player - but this is where I want to be at the moment."

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