Emiliano Marcondes said the chance to develop his game further at Griffin Park was too good to turn down as he agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Brentford last week.
The 22-year-old will join The Bees in January from Danish Superliga side FC Nordsjaelland after Dean Smith’s Bees beat off a host of clubs to capture the highly-rated attacker. Emiliano, who has scored 20 goals in 101 appearances for FCN, admitted he was delighted to complete his move and is looking forward to moving to England in the New Year.
“I am very happy to be a Brentford player,” said Emiliano, speaking to iFollow Brentford after completing his move. “It has been a long journey and I am very excited to come here in January. It will be great for me to play here in the Championship in front of big crowds. The philosophy of the club was what attracted me as well as the atmosphere about developing young players. I saw the Oxford United game and I loved the style of play. It is the same as we play at FC Nordsjaelland and playing on the ground is the most important thing for me.”
Emiliano joins a strong Danish contingent at Brentford which includes Lasse Vibe, Andreas Bjelland, Thomas Frank and Rasmus Ankersen. The attacker has twice worked under Thomas Frank with the Danish Under-17 and Under-19 groups and will be glad to have some familiar faces around when he first joins.
“I saw the training ground yesterday and everything is perfect there for me to develop,” said Emiliano. “The staff here are perfect to help me the develop as a player. I had a long talk with Rasmus Ankersen, Andreas Bjelland, and Thomas Frank and this is the perfect match for me. Having these guys around was something I was thinking about. It will be good for me to have some guys that I know here.”
With his contract at FCN expiring at the end of the year, Emiliano wasn’t short of potential suitors after an impressive 12 goals in 25 games last season. The attacker said the chance to develop at Brentford was the key factor in his decision to head to Griffin Park.
“There were a lot of clubs trying to get me but I only think about developing the best that I can and this was the perfect match for me,” said Emiliano. “Hopefully I can bring a lot of goals and good offensive passing. I am aggressive and I want to win. You will see that from the first whistle.”