forward Jean-Philippe Mateta joined Crystal Palace on Thursday. He has joined the club on an 18-month loan deal from Bundesliga side Mainz with an option to make the move permanent.
Expressing his happiness Mateta said, "I'm very happy to come to Crystal Palace and I look forward to training. 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."
Mateta has been impressing for the German side Mainz with 10 goals in 17 appearances this season. He started his career in the French third-tier, before a major move to seven-times champions Lyon. After excelling on loan with Le Harve, Mateta moved to Mainz, where he established himself as a regular in the German top-flight, scoring 27 goals in 71 games in total, including a hat-trick against SC Freiburg during this campaign. On the international stage, Mateta was part of the France side that reached the last four of the Under-21 European Championships in 2019, scoring the opening goal in the semi-final.