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Marcondes signs for the Cherries

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AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Emiliano Marcondes on a three-year deal.

The 26-year-old will arrive at Vitality Stadium a free agent, having left Brentford earlier this week upon the expiry of his contract.

He is due to join up with his new Cherries teammates next week, after completing a period of quarantine in line with government guidelines on international travel.

Marcondes played a key role in the Bees’ promotion to the Premier League last season, making 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring in their play-off final victory over Swansea City and being named man of the match at the Wembley showpiece.

A former Denmark under-21 international, Marcondes began his career in his homeland in the youth set-up at Hvidovre IF, before moving to FC Nordsjaelland’s academy where he rose through the ranks before making his senior debut in April 2013.

In January 2018 he moved to Brentford and immediately became part of the first team squad at Griffin Park. A four-month loan spell with FC Midtjylland at the end of 2019 saw Marcondes lift the Danish Superliga title, before returning to West London where he became a key component in the Bees’ promotion-chasing side.

“To be able to sign a player of Emiliano’s quality on a free transfer is a huge coup for the club,” said AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake.

“Unsurprisingly, we were in competition with a number of other clubs so I’m delighted that he has chosen AFC Bournemouth for the next stage of his career.

“Emiliano is proven at this level, knows what it takes to win and has experience of the biggest games and securing promotion.

“He will be an excellent addition to our squad and add real competition in an important area of the pitch.”

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