Brentford have signed Danish midfield player Mathias Jensen from Real Club Celta de Vigo for an undisclosed fee. Mathias completed a medical in Central London late last night, Tuesday 9 July, before signing his contract. The final paperwork was completed this afternoon and Mathias is officially a Brentford player, subject to international clearance. The 23-year-old has signed a four-year deal and there is a Club extension to extend that for an additional 12 months, until June 2024.
Mathias joins The Bees after one year in the Spanish top flight after making his name playing for FC Nordsjælland in his native Denmark. He joined FCN, as they are known, at the age of 15 and came through the ranks to make his debut at the age of 19. His first appearance in professional football came as a substitute when he replaced Emiliano Marcondes, a former and now a current teammate.
He was a regular in the Danish top division at the age of 20 and was FCN captain aged 22. In his final full season in the Danish league he scored 12 goals in 35 league games from midfield. He joined Celta last summer, but the first half of his season was hampered by injuries. He played six La Liga games for Celta in a variety of midfield positions.
Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “I am very pleased that Mathias is joining us as he will help to push the Club forward. Mathias is a very talented young player who can dictate the game and has a great passing ability. His arrival gives us flexibility and strength in depth in midfield, no matter what system we look to play.
“Since the start of last season, we have lost four midfielders. Now, with Mathias’ arrival, we have a group of top-quality central midfielders with different skill sets which we can use in various combinations.”
Rasmus Ankersen, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, added: “Mathias is a player we have admired for several years. He is technically gifted and has a great football brain. In many ways we believe he is the perfect fit to Brentford, and we are really pleased that it was possible to sign him this window.”
Mathias has also come through the ranks with the Danish national team. He was Under-21 Player of the Year in 2017 and captained his country at that level in the recent UEFA European Under-21 Championships. He has also played in Denmark’s Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 teams and has earned 30 caps in total, scoring three goals.
The last of Mathias’ 15 Under-21 caps came against Austria in the tournament last month, but two bookings ruled him out of Denmark’s last game against Serbia. He also played in the same event in 2017 and was in the provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, albeit he missed out on the final group. After formalising his move, Mathias has joined the Brentford squad at their training camp in Austria. He is set to arrive later today, Wednesday, and should be part of the training group towards the end of the week.