Flamini seeking new club after Palace exit - Should Derby take a look?

Crystal Palace's French midfielder Mathieu Flamini (L) jokes with Manchester City's French defender Gael Clichy following the English Premier League football match between Manchester City...

Mathieu Flamini is looking for a new team after being released by Crystal Palace so maybe Derby should consider him to solve their midfield issues.

Crystal Palace's French midfielder Mathieu Flamini (L) jokes with Manchester City's French defender Gael Clichy following the English Premier League football match between Manchester City...Crystal Palace midfielder Mathieu Flamini (L) jokes with Manchester City's Gael Clichy.

Mathieu Flamini may now be 33-years-old but despite being released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season the midfielder is not considering hanging up his boots anytime soon.

The former Arsenal star, who lives in London, is still training every day so that he can continue playing football when the right club becomes available to him.

Arsenal's French midfielder Mathieu Flamini (L) vies with Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs...Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini (L) vies with Barcelona forward Luis Suarez during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg football match.

"Every morning, I am still waking up and I am 100 percent committed to football. But, at the moment, I am waiting for the right opportunity," Flamini told the Sun.

"I've been fortunate enough to have received many offers from this country and Europe but I want the right project.

"The situation is straightforward. It is not about just the club but a project, something that can stimulate me. To me, the project is more important."

JMathieu Flamini of Crystal Palace arrives prior to the Premier League match between Hull City and Crystal Palace at KCOM Stadium on December 10, 2016 in Hull, England.Mathieu Flamini arrives prior to the Premier League match between Hull City and Crystal Palace.

That mention of a "project" is what should perhaps prick the ears of Championship clubs. During a career that has also seen Flamini play for Marseille and AC Milan, the Frenchman has earned well and doesn't need a new club for the money, but rather the challenge.

Which is why Derby County should maybe consider taking a closer look at the ex-Gunner. They have recently been linked by the Derby Telegraph with one of Flamini's Palace teammates from last term, Joe Ledley, who like his counterpart is yet to find a new team after being released from Selhurst Park in June.

Manager Gary Rowett is believed to want support in central midfield following the sale of Will Hughes to Watford and loan departures of Craig Bryson, Jacob Butterfield and Timi Elsnik - along with the deadline day collapse of a move for Birmingham City's Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Some Rams fans may prefer youngsters such as Max Bird and Callum Guy were given the opportunity instead, but with a wealth of experience from the Champions League to internationals with France, Flamini could be a very useful asset for his presence both on and off the field.

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