It appears the Italians just love playing in Eastern Canada. Toronto FC announced the signing of former Juventus standout and Euro 2020 winner Federico Bernardeschi on Friday, who left Turin on a free transfer this summer. He will now join his Italy teammate Lorenzo Insigne, who just recently arrived at the club.
Official and confirmed. Federico Bernardeschi joins Toronto FC on free move after contract expired with Juventus. 🇨🇦🇮🇹 #TorontoFC
“Italian international winger Federico Bernardeschi joins as a Designated Player through 2026”, statement now reports. pic.twitter.com/FDCuFOoVoE
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 15, 2022
Toronto FC is struggling this term but the arrival of another very quality player from Europe will certainly make a difference. To be honest, it's a bit of surprise Bernardeschi gave up his career overseas so quickly given he's just 28-years-old. But, the Italian clearly believes making the switch to the MLS is worth it.
Bernardeschi made 183 appearances across five seasons with Juve, bagging 12 goals and supplying 24 assists. He also has extensive experience in both the Europa and Champions League. Toronto FC president Bill Manning had this to say about the addition of Bernardeschi:
“We are thrilled to add Federico to our team,” Toronto FC President Bill Manning said in a release. “As a player and a person, we believe he’s exactly what we need right now, both on the field and in the locker room.
“Federico has proven himself to be a champion and a leader at Juventus and for the Italian national team and brings a pedigree to Toronto that’s second to none.”
The Reds ended up trading Alejandro Pozuelo earlier this month to Inter Miami to open up a designated roster spot for Bernardeschi. Insigne meanwhile has yet to make his Toronto FC debut due to a calf issue, but manager Bob Bradley is hoping he can finally take the pitch next week.
Italian fever at BMO Field.