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Mainz chief makes clear stand over Mateta Crystal Palace exit

Mainz sports director Christian Heidel says Jean-Philippe Mateta is expected to remain with Crystal Palace next month.

On-loan to the end of the season at Palace, it's been suggested the Eagles want to cut short his spell and send him back to parent club Mainz.

But Heidel said, "It is almost impossible in winter for a variety of reasons."

Mateta's loan includes a €15m obligatory permanent option should he manage 15 games this season.

However, so far the striker played twice in the Premier League.


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