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Kiely Welcomes Cavalieri Move

12 March 2018

In the last couple of games there has been a new face on the Palace bench after Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri signed a contract with the club through until the end of the season.

The 35-year-old has made the move to south London been following his release from Fluminense and has been working alongside goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely as the coaching team had to make the move to bring in an addition to the squad as the goalkeeping set up suffered an injury set back.

“It’s a difficult circumstance with us with Julian Speroni getting injured and leaving us really thin, obviously the window closed so myself and the recruitment team along with Dougie Freedman and the manager all had an involvement in trying to get some people through the door.

“We had a lad over from France recently and then Diego came thereafter and he has caught our eye and done really well and I think what is really important is that he has settled into the group and is a good lad, works hard and they are the ingredients you need to add to a squad.”

Cavalieri  has been in the Premier League before when he was at Liverpool between 2008 and 2010 and Kiely believes this will prove beneficial to the 35 year old.

“He has been over in this country before, be it quite a while ago, he knows the level and the place but the main thing is that integrates into the group which he has done in the time he has been here already. He is here until the end of the season which is helpful for us but also an opportunity for him because you can catch people’s eye once you are in the building so we have got him in and he has also got to help and support Wayne Hennessey, which is what we are all trying to do.”  

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