Burnley confirm ninth signing of the summer as Brazilian full-back Vitinho joins
BURNLEY have signed Brazilian right-back Vitinho from Cercle Brugge for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old, who has made four appearances for Brazil’s U20’s, has signed a four-year deal with the Clarets.
Upon his arrival, he told the official club website: “I am very happy to be here.
“It’s a big Club and I’ve transferred here because the players, the coaches, and everyone else are going to help me.
“I think it’s a big step for me. I can learn a lot here from the players, the group, and the coaches. Everything here is amazing. It’s a big, big club.”
He also revealed that the prospect of being managed by Vincent Kompany made his decision easy, adding: “He is a big coach. He was a big player and when he called me, I didn’t need to be asked twice because I wanted to come to Burnley and work with him.
“He was a big factor [in why I came here]. He was a big player, he has a lot of experience, and now he’s here I can learn a lot with him. He has told me that.”
Vitinho was considered a priority target by the new Burnley boss, and he has now become the club’s ninth signing of the summer.
Kompany is looking to completely revamp his new squad following Burnley’s relegation to the Championship.
The Belgian raided his former club Manchester City for three young stars earlier this month.
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CJ Egan-Riley joined the club in a free transfer from the Premier League champions shortly before Taylor Harwood-Bellis followed in a loan deal.
City goalkeeper Aro Muric has also made the switch in a deal worth around £3million.
Scott Twine, Luke McNally, Samuel Bastien, Josh Cullen and Ian Maatsen have also been snatched up by the Clarets.
But, while Burnley have introduced a host of new young stars, the club have also lost some key assets.
Nick Pope left to join Newcastle in a £10m move last month after six years at Turf Moor.
Ben Mee, Aaron Lennon and James Tarkowski also departed following the expiry of their respective contracts at the end of June.