Dons land Sheringham junior
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:45:00
Bayer Leverkusen have signed Italian right-back Giulio Donati from Serie A side Inter Milan.
The 23-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the BayArena and moves for an undisclosed fee.
Donati has represented his country at Under-20 and Under-21 level and, after spending the past two seasons on loan at Serie B clubs, is hoping to step up and make an impact in the Bundesliga.
"Bayer is a top German club and also has a good reputation in Italy," he told his new club's website.
"I am looking forward to the Bundesliga and being in the Champions League this season with Leverkusen is a very special challenge.
"I'll give everything to achieve our goals with Bayer."
Donati played every minute of Italy's recent run to the European Under-21 Championship final in Israel and clearly caught the eye of Leverkusen director Wolfgang Wooden.
"With Giulio Donati we have a young, aspiring and committed player, which fits perfectly into the profile of Bayer Leverkusen," he said.
"He was a mainstay of the successful Italian team at the Under-21 European Championships in Israel.
"We are convinced that Donati will successfully fill the position of right-back."
The 25-year-old, who is the son of former England international Teddy, has spent the last two seasons at Bournemouth.
Dons boss Neal Ardley said: "Charlie has scored a lot of goals at a lower level and I feel that he deserves a chance to prove that he can score goals in the Football League.
"I think he can certainly do that and he will do very well for us. He also scored when he moved to Bournemouth, but a bad foot injury put him out for a while. Bournemouth obviously saw something in him, but they got promoted to the Championship and are moving in a different direction.
"Charlie is technically very good, he is tall and similar in stature to Jack Midson. I believe that in Jack and Charlie we have two players who know where to be in the box and how to score goals.
"Charlie can also drop deeper and link the play. If we do want to try and get the ball down a bit more and link-up the play in forward areas then Charlie will fit into that."