Celtic have signed Argentina left-back Alexandro Bernabei on a five-year contract.
The 21-year-old joins Scottish champions Lanus in his country’s Premier League for a fee of £3.75million.
The Argentina U23 international is relishing the chance to fulfill his dream of playing in Europe.
“I’m very happy to be here and I’m grateful to the club for giving me this opportunity,” he told Celtic TV.
“I’m proud to play in Europe because it was one of my dreams and I’m excited to train and play with my new team-mates.
“The stadium is just amazing. The people, the club, the teammates and the technical staff are all amazing.
“I’m very excited and happy and can’t wait to play in the Champions League. I’ve heard people are crazy so I can’t wait to get that feeling and that emotion at Celtic Park.”
Bernabei will become the first Argentine player to play for Celtic.
“I spoke to the manager and he said he believed in me and my quality and that I could adapt quickly to the team,” he said of his conversations with boss Ange. Postecoglou.
“It’s my first time to Scotland and Glasgow and I’ve seen the city on the internet and it looks very nice so I’m glad to hear more.
“The goal is to become champions and we want to achieve great things as a club and I would like to achieve all of our goals this year.”
Bernabei is the second new face to arrive at Celtic Park this summer after signing the goalkeeper Benjamin Siegristwhile the defender Cameron Carter Vickers, who shone on loan last season, joined Tottenham permanently. Daizen Maeda Yokohama F. Marinos’ move also became permanent.
Sounds like a clever piece of scouting by Celtic
South American football expert Tim Vickery on Lanus left-back Alexandro Bernabei:
“They obviously look at Argentina left-backs, they looked at Velez Sarsfield’s Francisco Ortega, they are fast young centre-backs.
“I haven’t seen Bernabei for a while, but what’s interesting about him is that the first time I looked at him he was playing higher up the pitch as a left winger.
“He has this ability to get into the penalty area and score goals. Nice left foot, good from set pieces, fast, interesting.
“And again you wonder if he’s going to get knocked down physically, but that seems like a smart scouting piece to me because I’m a sucker for a left foot, it opens up the field so much if you have someone with a good left foot like him.”
Celtic fixtures 2022/23: Aberdeen test first on Sky Sports
Celtic begin their Scottish Premiership title defense at home to Aberdeen, live on Sky Sports, with the first Old Firm clash not scheduled until September.
The champions of Ange Postecoglou kick off in front of the Sky cameras at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday July 31.
Their first meeting with Rangers will be at Celtic Park on September 3, and Celtic will start 2023 with a visit to Ibrox on January 2, before hosting their biggest rivals again on April 8 in their third final game before the split.
Celtic’s last game before the month-long World Cup break will be at home in Ross County on November 12, and they will return to action with a trip to Aberdeen on December 17.
Christmas Eve brings a home game against St Johnstone, and the Postecoglou side finish before the split with a trip to newly-promoted Kilmarnock on April 15, before hosting Motherwell a week later on April 22.
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