Brazilian Defender Is Albion's Fourth Summer Signing

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Defender Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior has joined Brighton from German side RB Leipzig.

The 23-year old full-back, known simply as Bernardo, has moved to the Amex on a four-year deal and for an undisclosed fee.

Albion manager Chris Hughton said, “We’re delighted to welcome Bernardo to the club. He is a strong, committed defender who can play on the left or right, and so his versatility gives us good options at the back.

“For a young player he already has good experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Champions League and the Europa League.

“He is a good character and speaks numerous languages, and I’m sure he will fit in well with the rest of the squad.”

The Sao Paulo-born defender began his career in his native Brazil, before making the move to Europe with Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg at the start of 2016. He moved to Leipzig that summer and went on to make 49 appearances in his two seasons with the Bundesliga club, including three in the Champions League and five in the Europa League.

Speaking after his arrival at Brighton, Bernado said, “I chose the club because they showed a big interest in me and my goal has always been to play in the Premier League because it’s the biggest league in the world.

“I heard about the interest and then when I saw the fans, the club and the facilities and the sea, I knew it was the right place for me.

“I saw how the club did in their first season because everyone watches the league – and they were very impressive. 

“The club came up and embraced the stage and had a wonderful year, everyone was very impressed, and I wanted to become a part of that.”

Bernado joins defender Leon Balogun, striker Florin Andone and goalkeeper Jason Steele as the new faces in the squad ahead of next season.

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