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DONE DEAL: Brighton defender Ales Mateju joins Brescia

Brighton defender Ales Mateju has joined Serie B side Brescia on a season-long loan deal.

The Czech Republic full-back was a key part of the Albion under-23 side that won promotion via the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off final last season, and will now link up with the Italian side ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Brighton U23s' coach Simon Rusk said, “This is a good move for Ales, and an exciting step in his career.

“Moving to Italy will allow him to experience a different kind of football at first-team level, and will help him to develop as a player.

“He was part of the success we achieved last season and this move is a reward for his contribution."

Mateju made 15 appearances in Premier League 2 last season, and featured for the first team in the Carabao Cup matches against Barnet and AFC Bournemouth.

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