Palace lure Davids out of retirement
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Dutch legend Edgar Davids has completed his shock move to Championship side Crystal Palace. The 37-year-old midfielder has come out of retirement to sign a pay-as-you-play deal with the Eagles.

Davids, who counts AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur among his former clubs, last played a competitive match two years ago for Ajax.

It's an exciting time for the football club and it is an exciting time for me. I just want to enjoy football and show what I can do.
Edgar Davids after joining Crystal Palace

The move rekindles memories Palace's coup of the 1990s, when they managed to bring Italy international Attilio Lombardo to Selhurst Park. The Eagles confirmed the deal on the day they officially came out of administration.

Davids told the club's official website: "It's an exciting time for the football club and it is an exciting time for me. I just want to enjoy football and show what I can do."

Davids will be present at Selhurst Park tomorrow for the visit of Ipswich Town, but needs to build up his match fitness before making his debut.

Palace manager George Burley added: "We spoke to Edgar in the week and the boy felt enthusiasm. He has been training with Ajax but now it's good to see us agree terms with him."