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Crystal Palace signing Mateta: Hodgson speaks good French

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson used his linguistic skills in talks with Jean-Philippe Mateta.

The Frenchman has joined Palace on an 18-month loan from Mainz, with the Premier League club possessing an option to buy.

"I spoke with (Hodgson) over the phone but I want to speak with him face to face," Mateta told the club's website. "[He spoke] French – good French.

"I know this manager is a good trainer with a good team."

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