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Italian defender Pisano signs for City

City have agreed the signing of Italian defender Eros Pisano from July 1st.

The 30-year-old will join on a free transfer after his contract expires at Hellas Verona – where he won promotion from Serie B last season.

Pisano has agreed a two-year contract at Ashton Gate to become the club’s first signing of the summer.

Head coach Lee Johnson said: “Eros brings with him a winning mentality, having just won promotion with Verona. He's a tough cookie and that's what we’re after in that position; resilience and strength to go along with the good young players – Zak Vyner and Taylor Moore – already competing in that place.

“He’s strong physically, 6ft 1in tall and will add goals to us as well. It's great to have a big full back. His style is aggressive but he's also very athletic. He's competent on the ball, using it well and gets up and down the right side.”

Lee Johnson and Eros Pisano

"Eros brings with him a winning mentality, having just won promotion with Verona. He's a tough cookie and that's what we’re after in that position."

Head coach Lee Johnson

Pisano has played his football exclusively in his home country, having come through the youth setup at Varese.

He made 180 appearances for Varese, with a brief loan spell at Pisa in between, before switching to Palermo in 2011 for €1.85m.

During a four-year stint Pisano helped the team win Serie B in 2014. He also spent time on loan at Genoa, before making a permanent move to Verona in February 2015.

Last season Verona bounced straight back to the top flight in Italian football after finishing runners-up in Serie B.

Pisano will now be looking forward to testing himself in English football.