Czech star Ales Mateju departs Brighton and signs for Serie A outfit Brescia

Viktoria Plzen's  Ales Mateju (R) and Roma's Diego Perotti vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match FC Viktoria Plzen v AS Roma in Plzen, Czech Republic on September 15, 2016. / AFP / Radek Mica        (Photo credit should read RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images) SUS-190107-164848002
Viktoria Plzen's Ales Mateju (R) and Roma's Diego Perotti vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match FC Viktoria Plzen v AS Roma in Plzen, Czech Republic on September 15, 2016. / AFP / Radek Mica (Photo credit should read RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images) SUS-190107-164848002

Ales Mateju has left Brighton and Hove Albion and signed for Brescia Calcio for an undisclosed fee.

Mateju, 23, joined the Italian side at the start of the 2018/19 campaign and made 23 league and cup appearances. The Czech under-21 full back helped Brescia to win the Serie B league title as they gained promotion into Serie A.

Albion technical director Dan Ashworth said, “This is a good move for Ales, and an exciting next stage for him.

“Moving to Italy has allowed him to experience a different kind of football at first-team level, and he was part of something special for the club last season as he helped them gain promotion.

“While he was at the Albion he played a big part in helping our under-23s gain promotion into the Premier League 2, so we thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best for his future career.”

Mateju was signed by Albion from Czech top-flight team Viktoria Plzeň in 2017 and made 15 appearances in the under-23s promotion season in 2017/18.

He also featured for the first team in Carabao Cup matches against Barnet and AFC Bournemouththat same year.