By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Official: Mainz send Jean-Philippe Mateta out on loan to Crystal Palace

Jean-Philippe Mateta has joined Crystal Palace on loan from Mainz.
Jean-Philippe Mateta has left Mainz 05 to join Crystal Palace on loan until the end of next season.

The Premier League side have secured an option to sign the French forward on a permanent deal.

"It has been Jean-Philippe's dream to play in the Premier League for a long time. The offer from Crystal Palace allows him to fulfil this dream," said Mainz sporting director Martin Schmidt.

"We have mutually agreed to take this step after considering all aspects and wish him all the best for his time in England."

After a strong start to the season, which saw Mateta score seven goals in his first eight Bundesliga games, the 23-year-old was recently dropped to the bench.

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