Brighton defender heads to Italy on loan
Albion defender Ales Mateju has joined Italian side Brescia Calcio on a season-long loan.
Mateju, 22, featured for Brighton in the Carabao Cup against Barnet and Bournemouth last season and also made 15 Premier League 2 appearances as Albion's under-23 team won the Division 2 play-off final.
Brighton's under-23 coach Simon Rusk believes Czech full-back Mateju will benefit from the loan deal at the Serie B club and 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 joined Brighton from Viktoria Plzen in August 2017 and has made 15 appearances for the Czech Republic at under-21 level.