U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley has moved to Italian Serie A club Chievo from Moenchengladbach in Germany’s Bundesliga, his New York-based agent Ron Waxman confirmed Tuesday.
“Michael is very excited about the move,” Waxman told the Insider. ”This is a chance to establish himself in Italy.”
Terms of the transfer deal were not initially dislosed and Waxman declined to discuss contract specifics. Chievo, a small club with a modest history dating from its founding in 1929, will formally introduce Bradley, 24, on Wednesday. He is awaiting an Italian work permit, which is a formality, and is expected to make his debut in the club’s opener Sept. 10 at home against newly promoted Novara.
Last season Chievo finished in 11th place on the 20-club circuit with an 11-14-13 record.
Waxman said clubs in Germany, England, Spain, Russia, Belgium and Greece were also interested. He didn’t reveal their identities. The European transfer window closes Wednesday.
Since turning pro at age 16, Bradley has played for New York in MLS, Heerenveen (Netherlands) and Moenchengladbach before being loaned to Aston Villa in the English Premier League early this year. A potential deal to remain in England fell through, leaving him at Moenchengladbach; both Bradley and the German club agreed to go their separate ways.
Bradley is the first high-profile American to sign with an Italian club since Oguchi Onyewu moved to AC Milan from Standard Liege in Belgium in 2009. He didn’t appear in any league matches and is now with Sporting Lisbon.