Date: 4th August 2017 at 8:09pm
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Following the earlier speculation surrounding the signing of defender Ales Mateju, Brighton confirmed on Friday evening that the player was now with us.

The 21 year old right back joins from Viktoria Plzen for an undisclosed fee, and the Czech Under 21 international moves to the Amex on a three year deal.

Having been a regular in the top flight for Plzen over the past two seasons, he helped them to the Czech championship in 2016.

Speaking to the Official Site to announce his signing yesterday evening, manager Chris Hughton explained.

‘Ales already has good experience playing regular senior football in his homeland – and has played Europa League football as well as the qualification phases in the Champions League. He has good experience for his age and the stage of his career he is at; we are delighted to welcome him to the club and the plan now is to break into the first-team group.’

Hughton went on to say.

‘Initially we will monitor his progress in training over the coming weeks, and then make a decision in terms of what is best for Ales’s development – and one of the options might be for him to go on loan in order to continue playing regular senior football.’

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