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Posted Wednesday, June 26th 2019

City secure Dasilva's services on permanent basis

Jay Dasilva has committed his future to Ashton Gate.

The England Under-21 international, currently away with the Young Lions at the European Under-21 Championships, has agreed terms and put pen to paper on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Dasilva returns to BS3 where he enjoyed a successful loan spell from Chelsea throughout the 2018/19 season, making 32 appearances in all competitions.

Bristol City Chief Executive Officer Mark Ashton said: “We saw first-hand last season just how talented Jay is and he quickly earned the respect of the City supporters.

“His talents are clear for all to see and I am delighted we have been able to make Jay a permanent figure at this football club.

“He has all the attributes we’ve been looking for and he will continue to flourish in the set-up and style of football which Lee Johnson and his staff have implemented.”

Head Coach Johnson commented: “Jay proved to be such a great fit for us and is committed to helping City grow further. He is a young English player, with fantastic ability, and he will only become a better player.

“With Lloyd Kelly’s move, it was a priority for us to secure an established left-sided player and, having fulfilled that role along with Lloyd last season, Jay was a player we were very keen to bring here permanently.

“He is energetic, quick and has the ability to both defend and attack, so he is an exciting addition to the squad and I am delighted we can continue to work with him.”

Dasilva entered the Chelsea Academy aged 13 after departing his hometown club Luton Town. The left-back went on to score against Fulham in the 2014 FA Youth Cup final first leg, as he clinched the first of three consecutive cup wins with Chelsea’s reserves.

He also played a role in two UEFA Youth League triumphs with his parent club, before he completed a temporary switch to Charlton Athletic midway through the 2016/17 season.

Already an England youth international, having made his debut at Under-16 level, Dasilva added the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship to his football CV as he captained the young Lions to a 2-1 victory over Portugal in the final.

Dasilva then rejoined the Addicks on loan for the 2017/18 campaign, going on to make 44 appearances as he helped Charlton Athletic reach the League One play-offs and earn the Fans’ Player of the Year award.