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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 April, 2005, 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK
Johnson pledges to stay at Palace
Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson
Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson has vowed to stay at the club even if they are relegated from the Premiership.

Palace are second from bottom but Johnson has scored 18 goals in the top-flight this season and has been linked with Newcastle and Liverpool.

"It's not a matter of 'if we go down I'm going to leave'. That's not how I think," he told Shoot magazine.

"If we go down I want to be the player to get the club back up. I'm not a 'big-time Charlie'."

Speculation, if it goes the wrong way, will pick up pace, but let's worry about keeping ourselves as a Premiership club
Palace boss Iain Dowie

He added: "If we go down, I'm not going to walk out on all the boys I've been friends with all these years.

"The boys have been integral to my success and I dedicate all my goals to them.

"It is a pleasure to be linked with clubs like Newcastle and Liverpool and it just shows that I must be doing something right - but I'm dedicated to Palace.

"It's the place where I want to be and where I'm scoring my goals."

Johnson has five years to run on his contract and Eagles manager Iain Dowie believes that will be a major factor in helping keep Johnson at Selhurst Park.

He said: "I think we can realistically keep Andy because he has got five years on his contract left.

"It's no good hiding away from it, Andy is very much the future of this club.

"The chairman has reiterated that he doesn't want to sell him and that is fantastic news for the club.

"Speculation, if it goes the wrong way, will pick up pace, but let's worry about keeping ourselves as a Premiership club and then we will deal with that when it comes around."

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