Lucas Piazon has signed for Braga on a permanent deal having ended his loan spell at Rio Ave.

The Brazilian leaves after nine-and-a-half years at Chelsea. In 2012, he made three appearances for the Blues and was named the club’s Young Player of the Year having helped us win the FA Youth Cup.

Piazon, who signed from Sao Paulo in his homeland and was a Brazilian youth international, subsequently spent loan spells at Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem, Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham – who he helped win promotion to the Premier League in 2018 - and Chievo.

He joined Rio Ave in Portugal at the start of last season on an 18-month loan deal and was a regular as they came fifth, their joint-highest league finish, qualifying for the Europa League in the process. They were knocked out on penalties by AC Milan in the final qualifying round at the start of the current campaign.

Piazon’s new club Braga are fourth in the Primeira Liga. They are managed by former Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal, who was also Piazon’s boss at Rio Ave last season.

We would like to wish Lucas the best of luck for the rest of his career and thank him for his service.