Sam Allardyce has paid tribute to the impact of Mamadou Sakho atCrystal Palace, but says any discussions about extending his loan deal from Liverpool may depend on staying in the Premier League.
“That would be a big negotiation if we’re still in the Premier League at the end of the season,” said the Eagles boss.
“At this moment in time he chose Crystal Palace to play first-team football. I think the’s settled into the environment exceptionally well.
“He’s worked extremely hard at getting himself fitter because having not played consecutive games all season you lose fitness.
“He’s shown what a good defender he is, but not just a good defender but also his capabilities on the ball.
“In possession he has been exceptionally good. In terms of us keeping possession and putting the ball in the right areas, allowing the attacking players to play.”