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17-Mar 22:27, by Ketts

Details of a couple of likely summere moves.

Karl Robinson told the South London Press that Charlton would struggle to keep Ezri Konsa at the club next season.

Versatile Konsa has impressed in both defence and midfield since coming into the team and attracted interest in January. This is what Robinson told the SLP:

"I know there are Premier League clubs who would chase him. They have people coming to watch him every week.

"Iíd love to keep him for another year Ė thatís down to me, his agent and the club to try and see whatís right for everybody. You canít always get the fairytale scenario, where you want to keep all the players to get us to where we want to go to.

"Whether you are Charlton, Milton Keynes, Millwall or Sheffield United Ė when you have outstanding players, like we did with Ademola Lookman, it can be impossible to keep hold of them in modern day football.

"Iíd love him to stay but we have to convince him about going this way.

"He is a Premier League player now Ė his athleticism, mentality and his technique. Heís a great young man with the world at his feet.

"He has the potential to do whatever he wants to do if he keeps his feet firmly on the ground. Once you get praise it is how you cope with it. Itís not just about dealing with criticism Ė you can get carried away by positivity.

"If he stays grounded and with the coaching development structure that we have got in place he is going to be an outstanding player."

On Friday, it was announced that Konsa had signed a new three year contract at The Valley. This is what the youngster has to say after penning his new deal:

"Iím over the moon to have signed my new contract,Ē he said. ďIíve been here for such a long time now and for the club to reward me with a new contract Ė Iím really happy.

"Playing first-team football is very different to U-23s. The tempo is different, the quality is higher and the strikers are a lot bigger too. Iím pleased with how Iíve done this season. I feel like Iíve learnt a lot - especially at the start Ė and now I just want to keep doing what Iím doing and progressing.

Robinson added:

"Ezri is an outstanding talent that can play in a number of positions. Heís one that we are really thankful to be working with and he is another one that Steve Avory and his staff should take a bow over.

"Theyíve worked extremely hard with him and since Iíve joined the club Ezri has been a credit to the club, to himself and to his family. Heíll go on to have a tremendous career. Iím sure heíll play in the Premier League at some point and now he needs to help us become successful."

The new contract will not stop bigger clubs trying to sign Konsa, but both the player and Charlton will have insisted on certain safeguards being inserted in the contract.

There will be an escape clause for the player, and the Addicks will have agreed what fee would be required to trigger the clause.

Declan Rudd's contract at Norwich ends in the summer, and Robinson would be delighted to sign the keeper on a permanent basis.

The manager has been particularly impressed with Rudd's attitude and had this to say about the keeper:

"Declan is an amazing young man and a very talented goalkeeper. I donít know if you saw his celebrations for our goal on Tuesday or at home to Walsall? He celebrates like itís his real club.

"For a loan player to have that much passion for the team he plays for is remarkable. Iíd love him to be here next year.

"LT [Lee Turner] is one of the best goalkeeping coaches Iíve worked with and I know he rates him very highly. Iím sure Dec will look at LT and the facilities we have got here, the ambition of where we want to go.

"But sometimes it is down to other clubs allowing those things to materialise. He is certainly someone I would like to have around."

Robinson has already given the board a list of players he wants for next season, and preliminary talks are believed to have taken place.


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