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Harry Maguire dismisses contract talk as Hull battle to avoid relegation

Harry Maguire dismisses contract talk as Hull battle to avoid relegation”

Crystal Palace's Premier League game against Hull City on Sunday is massive and "bigger than a cup final" as both teams fight to avoid the drop, manager Sam Allardyce has said.

The defender, on loan from Liverpool, has not featured for the Eagles since the end of last month after suffering a knee injury against Tottenham.

Palace have slumped into the relegation scrap after three consecutive league losses but Silva said his team have to remain focused when they visit Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce admits the season is over for Mamadou Sakho.

Allardyce's comments came after his side were hammered 5-0 at Manchester City on Saturday, in a game where Zaha was heavily fouled four times.

"We won't change anything", insisted Marco Silva, whose side lost to already-relegated Sunderland last week complicate their survival chances.

Hull manager Silva has less experience, but has been linked with several Premier League jobs having amassed 21 points from his 16 league games in charge on Humberside.

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"There is Hull we need to compete against, and the size of the game".

The Portuguese is also likely to be heartened by the fact that his players have shown tremendous character previously by reacting well to several setbacks since his arrival in January, with gutsy wins against Swansea, West Ham and Watford being three well-documented examples. That philosophy has to apply for Sunday and whatever happens, however well you play or don't play, it's the result that matters.

"We play not to lose - that is the key element". If we can get it by playing well, being creative and scoring goals, then fine.

"It's remarkable that the team has reached 38 points considering where they were before he took over".

"We have two finals now and the first is on Sunday and we will play it like a final and will continue to believe".

"We need to win the game and we will work hard to win the game".



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