Kaoru Mitoma has officially signed a new five-year contract with Brighton, as confirmed by the official Brighton website.
The Japan international initially joined Brighton from the J-League side Kawasaki Frontale in the summer of 2021 and subsequently had a successful loan spell at Union SG in Belgium. During his debut season in the Premier League, Mitoma showcased his talent by netting 10 goals in 41 appearances, along with providing five crucial assists.
Mitoma’s freshly inked five-year deal is reported to be valued at approximately £80,000 per week, solidifying a commitment that was initially agreed upon in principle at the beginning of October. The negotiation and completion of this contract were overseen by lead agent Keisuke Sekine, underscoring Mitoma’s unwavering dedication to Roberto De Zerbi’s project at the American Express Community Stadium.
Reflecting on his time at Brighton, Mitoma shared:
“The city has a good climate, the sea is close, so it’s a really good place to live in. The supporters cheer for us in a loud voice both home and away. I feel a real warmth, they are really exceptional supporters. The staff behind the scenes are good people too; I am very happy here. I have gained good experience trying to get used to the new environment and am looking forward to doing even better next season.”
Mitoma’s decision to extend his stay at Brighton was marked by turning down offers from various clubs across Europe, including notable names such as Liverpool, Manchester United, and La Liga giants Barcelona, all of whom had been closely monitoring his situation.
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