Swindon Town have signed Italian keeper Mattia Lanzano on a two-year deal.
The 20-year-old keeper moves to the County Ground from USD Gavorrana 1930, a fourth division side in Italy, and was lured to the club by manager Paolo di Canio.
“It’s been a great emotion for me to come to England because it’s always been my dream to play in English football,” the youngster told the Swindon Gazette through a translator.
“Now that I’m here I see all the facilities, the County Ground and I’m here to show what I can do. I’m not nervous, I am very proud and I am ready for the challenge. I am looking forward to the start of the season.”
Lanzano is braced for life in England, and is confident he can quickly adapt to lower-league life after following compatriot Alberto Comazzi to the club.
“Yes, it’s very different. The whole environment, the club, the stadium and the facilities are all very different to what was in Italy. In Italy the fourth league is a very good level but the clubs are not so important like Swindon Town.
“There is not the tradition, there is not the same ambition. It is a very important moment for me to be here.”
“The main difference is in Italy football is more tactical and more technical and in England it is more physical. It is easier in England to get used to the physical side of things. I think I can do well here.”