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Charlton Athletic chairman keen to keep Lyle Taylor despite withdrawing contract offer

Speaking to News Shopper, Charlton Athletic chairman Matt Southall has said the club are still keen to tie striker Lyle Taylor down to a new contract at The Valley, despite withdrawing their contract offer.

Upon his arrival as chairman of Charlton Athletic, Matt Southall made no secret of the fact that the futures of star striker Lyle Taylor and manager Lee Bowyer were of the utmost importance to him. The Addicks put a contract offer on the table to Taylor but then opted to withdraw the offer.

A report from London News Online said that upon the withdrawal of the contract offer that Charlton were willing to listen to offers for Taylor. Now, speaking to News Shopper, Southall has said that the club are keen to keep him on board, adding that his door is open for Taylor if he wants to pledge his future to the Addicks. He said:

“Do I want to sell him? No. Does Lee? Does he heck! It’s a new dawn and I’m trying to build sensibly, sustainably, but ultimately I won’t go over and above to anything that’ll compromise the long-term stability of the club. That isn’t sustainable. So long story short, I thought it was in the interest of the club to withdraw the offer.

“The door is not shut. Selling him is going to do nothing for the club. He’s our player, if he stays until the end of the season, brilliant. If he comes to me and says ‘let’s do this, I want to be part of this,’ then yes, of course, my door’s open.”

Southall went on to add that it is down to Taylor as to whether or not he leaves the club this January and he maintains the hope of sealing a new deal for both the star striker and Bowyer.

“We made the offer (to Lyle) quite a few weeks ago. I’m trying to do what’s best for the club and the model I’m trying to implement, I thought it was a fair offer, a very good offer, it was way above the model.

“I met with his representative, we had discussions and the ball was in their court. Ultimately it’s down to the player. From the opening statement we wanted to tie him and Lee down, that’s not changed.”

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