Following his impressive performance in the German elite division so far this season, the striker of Congolese descent has joined the Eagles
Jean-Philippe Mateta has joined English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace on an 18-month loan deal, subject to international clearance, with an option to make the move permanent.
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The former France U19 and U21 star of Congolese origin enjoyed a sweltering start to the 2020-21 season with the Bundesliga outfit – finding the net ten times in 17 appearances across all competitions.
His presence at the Selhurst Park is expected to reinforce Roy Hodgson’s attack in their quest to challenge for a place in Europe next season.
The 23-year-ol expressed his delight joining the Eagles, while disclosing that he is ready for the challenge ahead.
“I’m very happy to come to Crystal Palace and I look forward to training,” Mateta told Crystal Palace TV.
“[Playing in the Premier League] was my dream when I was a child. Now I can play, I will show the fans of Crystal Palace what I can do.
“I spoke with him [Hodgson] over the phone but I want to speak with him face to face. [He spoke] French – good French. I know this manager is a good trainer with a good team.
“I have some friends who play in the Premier League and say it’s very intense physically. It’s hard but I will see!”
In the same vein, Palace chairman Steve Parish is glad Palace signed the striker, claiming his arrival resonances the club’s commitment towards having a well-balanced squad.
“We have followed Jean-Philippe’s development with keen interest for some time, and I’m so pleased that we have been able to bring him to south London.
“He is a player that is full of potential with a proven goal-scoring record, and his signing reiterates our commitment to ensuring we have a well-balanced squad in terms of youth and experience for the seasons ahead.”
Following his inability to tie a regular place at the Groupama Stadium, he was loaned to Le Havre before he teamed up with Mainz in 2018 on a four-year-deal. There, he established himself as a regular in the German topflight, scoring 27 goals in 71 games which included a treble against SC Freiburg on November 22, 2020.