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Palace land Morocco defender

June 14 2024

Chadi Riad

Chadi Riad

Crystal Palace have swooped for defender Chadi Riad from Barcelona.

The 20-year-old joins for a fee of £12m, plus £2m in add-ons, and he signs a five-year contract.

Riad, who is a Morocco international, spent last season on loan at fellow Spanish club Real Betis.

Riad said: "Iím really happy to join Crystal Palace. I was interested in coming here because of the history of the club, and the league in which it plays.

"They have been telling me how they played this year and I think it complements perfectly the way I play."

The centre half was born in Palma, Spain, to Moroccan parents, and started his career as a youngster with RCD Mallorca.

He then joined Barcelona, where he came through their famous La Masia academy, and caught Palace's attention after a standout season on loan at Betis.

Chairman Steve Parish added: "As a full international at just 20-years-old, Chadi is an exciting young player who we are delighted to be able to welcome to the club."

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