Brighton & Hove Albion attacker Kaoru Mitoma has extended his stay at the club by signing a new five-year contract.
This decision is a victory for Brighton as several clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona were closely monitoring his situation.
The 26-year-old Japanese sensation’s journey at Brighton began in 2021 when he moved from J-League club Kawasaki Frontale.
Following his arrival, he spent time on loan at Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium, where he honed his skills and adapted to European football.
Mitoma’s first season in England was remarkable, as he scored ten goals and provided five assists in 41 appearances.
The Japanese international quickly became a fan favourite, earning praise for his electrifying performances.
Mitoma has continued his exceptional form this term, bagging three goals and three assists in just eight Premier League games. His consistent performances have solidified his status as one of Brighton’s key players.
The new five-year contract, reportedly valued at around £80,000 per week, represents Mitoma’s commitment to Brighton and their ambitious project under manager Roberto De Zerbi.
The deal was initially agreed upon in principle at the beginning of October, with Mitoma’s lead agent, Keisuke Sekine, heading negotiations.
Mitoma’s decision to stay with the Seagulls is testament to the club’s growing stature in the Premier League and their vision for the future.
Keeping Mitoma for more years is a stellar move, as his continued progress will only elevate Brighton to new heights. He will be a crucial piece of what they are trying to build.
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