Crystal Palace sign free agent Flamini to bolster midfield

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Mathieu Flamini is staying in the Premier League.

The veteran French midfielder, 32, saw his contract at Arsenal expire over the summer and there have so far been no takers. Until now.

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Crystal Palace announced on Thursday that they’ve signed Flamini on a one-year contract and Alan Pardew‘s side have added an experienced leader who will give them extra options in the engine room.

Speaking to Palace’s website about the move, Flamini is happy to take on a veteran role in the team and claimed Pardew was a key factor in him moving to south London.

Flamini played 246 times for Arsenal across two spells and won three FA Cups and played in a UEFA Champions League final for the Gunners. His tireless work rate is his main hallmark and his reading of the game and ability to connect short, sharp passes is often underrated.

With a five-year stint at AC Milan sandwiched in-between his two spells with Arsenal, Flamini brings plenty of nous at the elite level and you often wonder what might have been if injuries had been kinder to him during his time with Milan.

That said, Palace already has Joe Ledley, James McArthur and Yohan Cabaye in the central midfield areas so Flamini may have to bide his time for a regular spot but there’s no doubting this is an excellent pick up to add to the signings of Loic Remy, Christian Benteke, James Tomkins and Steve Mandanda over the summer.

Palace’s spine is definitely stronger than it was last season and now they have to start to put their horrendous record of just two wins in their last 24 Premier League games right.