Murray agrees new Palace deal

Roberto Mancini has criticised Belgium manager Marc Wilmots for

selecting Vincent Kompany in midweek.

The Manchester City captain played the full 90 minutes of his

country’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia, despite spending

the previous two months sidelined by a calf injury.

Kompany will now be assessed before City’s home game against

Newcastle on Saturday, and Mancini has accused Wilmots of a lack of

understanding.

“He didn’t play for us for 60 days and then he went to play for

the Belgium team,” the City manager said.

“I did not agree with this. I think sometimes some managers of

national teams should understand the situation.

“This player plays for the club and the club, every month, pay

his salary.

“I don’t know if he is okay or not. One week before the

international break he was not fit to play for us.”

The 29-year-old has scored 30 goals for Palace this season, 29

of which have come in the Championship to make him the division’s

top-scorer.

His goals have been a major factor in helping Palace maintain

their challenge for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Murray moved to Selhurst Park in the summer of 2011 on a free

transfer from Brighton, signing a three-year deal in the

process.

The forward began his career with Carlisle and had loan spells

at Stockport and Rochdale before joining the latter on a permanent

deal ahead of his move to Brighton in January 2008.