New York City FC have confirmed the signing of Thiago Martins. The defender joins the reigning MLS Cup champions from Japanese first division side Yokohama F. Marinos. At NYCFC, the 26-year-old signs a contract until the end of 2025 with a club option for 2026 as a Designated Player.
“Thiago is a highly regarded defender who is entering the peak stages of his career,” NYCFC sporting director, David Lee, said. “He has all the attributes we look for in a defender and we believe he will suit our style of play well and thrive in MLS. He’s a strong, quick and technically gifted player who is good on the ball, can play out of the back and will allow us to continue to play a high back line. He’s also a fantastic professional who was one of the captains in Yokohama and will be another strong leader for us both on-and-off the pitch.”
The Brazilian native played for Palmeiras, Paysandu SC and EC Bahia in his home country, initially moving to Japan on loan to Yokohama F. Marinos in 2018. In February 2020, he finally made the permanent move to Yokohama, which cost the Japanese side just under $2m.
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