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Official: Crystal Palace sign French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda

London, July 1: Crystal Palace have officially announced the signing of French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from Olympique Marseille on a three-year contract. The transfer fee is yet to be disclosed by the club.

The English Premier League side confirmed the news on their official twitter handle as well as on their official club website.

Steve Mandanda joins Crystal Palace (Image courtesy: Crystal Palace twitter handle)

Palace's tweet read:

The 31-year-old French custodian started his career at French club Le Havre AC. In 2007 he had joined French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Marseille on loan and a year after he moved their permanently.

Mandanda served Marseille tirelessly for 8 long years before coming out of France this season. He has played 433 games for the club.

In 2015/16 season, the Frenchman played 36 Ligue 1 game and kept 9 clean sheets. Olympique Marseilles had a forgettable season last time as they finished 9th in league table.

Steve Mandanda was born in Democratic Republic of Congo but represented France in international football. He has 22 international caps for the French national team. He is currently serving his nation at the Euro 2016. France take on Iceland on Sunday (June 2) in a crucial quarter-final encounter.

On signing Steve Mandanda from Olympique Marseille, club Chairman Steve Parish said: "I'm delighted that we have been able to bring Steve into the Club. He brings a wealth of experience at both club and international level to us, and boasts a proven track record when it comes to winning trophies.

"I'm sure the Palace fans will enjoy watching him in action for us over the next few years."

OneIndia News

Story first published: Friday, July 1, 2016, 17:51 [IST]
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