Crystal Palace have completed the signing of highly-rated Michael Olise from Reading.
Olise, a 19-year-old attacking midfielder, on Thursday, July 8, signed a five-year contract with the club as Palace’s first arrival since Patrick Viera was appointed as manager.
He played last season at Reading scoring seven goals and 12 assists from 46 games.
Olise started his youth career with Chelsea, before joining Manchester City and then Reading, where he worked his way through the system and earned a first-team debut in March 2019, aged just 17 which led Olise to win Reading’s Scholar of the Season Award for 2018/19.
In 20/21 he became more popular after winning a trio of awards for his impressive performances: EFL Young Player of the Season, and inclusion in the Championship Team of the Season as well as the PFA’s Championship Team of the Year.
He played for France Under-18s in the Toulon Tournament recently.
After signing for Palace, Olise said: “It’s a big moment – Premier League football. It’s a great club and I’m very excited to be here. Good players, a good manager, so I’m ready to start.”
Crystal Palace Chairman, Steve Parish said: “I’m delighted that Michael has joined us at Crystal Palace. We have been monitoring him extremely closely for an extended period of time, and have been impressed by his consistent performances for Reading at such a young age.
“He clearly has an abundance of talent that I’m sure will excite all of our supporters, and clearly shows our direction of travel for this window.”
Club Manager Vieira said: “We have the tools in our football club to make him a better player, and we’ve known him quite well because he’s a player the football club have been following for a long time. I think it is important to refresh the squad, to bring some new faces, to bring young talent here, and this is a really good signing for us.”
Olise is a France youth international of Nigerian descent.