Crystal Palace have announced that they have signed Chris Richards on a permanent deal from German giants Bayern Munich.
The 22-calendar year-aged joined Bayern in 2018 from FC Dallas. He has just lately had a spell on personal loan at Hoffenheim. According to BBC Activity, he has joined Palace for an original £8.5m, even though this could increase to £11m with incorporate-ons.
Richards informed the Palace internet site: “I grew up viewing the Premier League and grew up of course watching (Wilfried) Zaha, so it’ll be awesome to shell out some time on the area with them (the players) and be a component of this historic club.
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“I’m actually energized for it. The form of job I have found (attracted me).
“It’s a lot of youthful players but also youthful gamers who have a lot of combat.
“Palace is a club that appears like they are usually preventing.”
Eagles chairman Steve Parish mentioned: “Chris is a massively gifted younger player, and he delivers a whole lot of knowledge at a higher amount for his age, as nicely staying an recognized international for the United states countrywide facet.
“I had the terrific pleasure of paying out some time with him and his loved ones yesterday and I know he will be a great healthy for the club and I’m sure will develop into a organization fans’ favourite.
“Competition can only drive him and our squad on.”
Richards is Palace’s fourth summer season signing. They have previously paid all over £20m to indicator Mali star Cheick Doucoure.
The Eagles have also introduced in Sam Johnstone and Malcolm Ebiowei on no cost transfers from West Brom and Derby County.
Speaking earlier this month, Patrick Vieira insisted that “developing younger layers is component of the DNA” of Crystal Palace:
“At Palace you experienced a couple of youthful players who came as a result of and produced a fantastic job for them selves in the Premier League.
“We have been successful on that side final calendar year due to the fact we discover some youthful gamers and produce a system for them to convey by themselves. I believe this 12 months it will be even much more hard, for the reason that we elevate the level of need on the players.
“Of system, getting individuals gamers with us on tour will convey to us regardless of whether they will be prepared to consider some element this period. If not, we will need to be completely ready to give them the match programme they have to have to perform week right after week and keep improving them selves.”