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Zapping Goal! soccer club AS Saint-Etienne: The question of the week

You wanted Mateta and you got Crivelli… For a good part of January, AS Saint-Etienne believed they could attract the great striker from Mainz, who failed at Crystal Palace during the first part of the season. . The idea was for the Londoners to find a replacement for him before sending him back to Germany, where he would then have been loaned to the Greens. His profile was unanimous in Forez. And then, Patrick Vieira decided to use him with the Eagles and the former Lyonnais scored two goals in quick succession, against Brighton in the Premier League then Millwall. Enough to convince Palace to transfer him permanently on January 31. And too bad for the Greens, who then fell back on Enzo Crivelli …

“Here, I like everything!”

From south London, Jean-Philippe Mateta gave an interview to Crystal Palace television, to comment on the signing of his four-year contract. Unsurprisingly, he did not mention his contacts with ASSE, even if he made it clear that he was very frustrated to wax the bench for long weeks in the fall. But we guess he is delighted to stay in the Premier League.

“My ambition is to help the team win matches but also to score because I am a goalscorer. My job is to score and kick in the corner flags (his signature after every goal). I would like to thank the coach (Patrick Vieira), who believed in me. Staying on the bench, watching the team and doing nothing, not playing, it was very difficult. I worked hard. I knew that the day the coach give me my chance, I’ll take it, I’ll score, we’ll win and I won’t come out of the eleven again. I hope it will last a long time. Here, I like everything. The training sessions are very intense. I love the fans, the way we play and my teammates. We’re all friends. We joke a lot, it’s fun…”

Mateta quickly forgot ASSE

Striker Jean-Philippe Mateta signed up for the next four years with Crystal Palace on January 31, the last day of the winter transfer window. And to say that he was in the sights of AS Saint-Etienne throughout the month of January…

Raphael Nouet