Former Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi completes free transfer to Toronto FC

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Toronto FC have completed the signing of free agent winger Federico Bernardeschi on a Designated Player deal until 2026, the club announced on Friday.

Bernardeschi is the third Serie A veteran to join the TFC in recent months, following winger Lorenzo Insigne and defender Domenico Criscito.

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“We are delighted to add Federico to our team,” said Toronto FC chairman Bill Manning. “As a player and a person, we think he’s exactly what we need right now, both on the pitch and in the dressing room. Federico has proven to be a champion and a leader at Juventus and for the Italian national team and brings a pedigree to Toronto that is second to none.”

Bernardeschi, 28, has spent the past five seasons playing for Juventus, where he scored 12 goals in 183 league and cup appearances. During his time in Turin, Bernardeschi was part of teams that won three Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and two Supercoppa Italianas.

Bernardeschi came through the ranks of the Fiorentina academy, starting there at the age of nine. He made his professional debut on loan with Crotone in 2013. He went on to make 93 appearances for Fiorentina, scoring 23 goals in all competitions.

“Having met Federico a few weeks ago, we think he’s a perfect fit for what we’re trying to build here at TFC and we can’t wait to bring him onto the pitch,” said the head coach and sporting director. of Toronto FC, Bob Bradley. “He is an attacking player who is also known to work hard for the team. Federico is a left-footed player who is comfortable playing on the right wing but can also slip into a central position in case of need.”

At international level, Bernardeschi has 38 caps and scored six goals for Italy. He was part of the team that won Euro 2020 and scored the winning penalty in the penalty shootout victory over England in the final.

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