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Franco is a Don

Argentinian joins goalkeeper department...

16 June 2021

Milton Keynes Dons are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Franco Ravizzoli.

Ravizzoli, 23, joins MK Dons on a free transfer after the Club received clearance from the football authorities for his arrival.

The Argentinian began his football career in South America with River Plate before making the move to England in January 2020.

Playing 33 times for Eastbourne Borough before their season was curtailed, Ravizzoli spent time training with the Dons during the second half of the 2020/21 campaign, doing enough to earn himself a permanent move to Stadium MK.

“I couldn’t be happier right now,” the goalkeeper told iFollow MK Dons. “Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a professional footballer – I am so grateful for the opportunity.

“I have enjoyed my time here so far - everybody has been so nice and welcoming. The Goalkeeper union is brilliant and I’ve enjoyed working with Deano (Thornton), who has helped to make us better every day.

“I love the way that we play football – everyone who loves football, should love this way of playing. When I was in Argentina, I played for River Plate and I was taught to play this way, so it suits me.”

He added: “The stadium is amazing, and I am looking forward to playing here in front of the fans. I can’t wait to get started.”

Sporting Director Liam Sweeting said: “Franco’s story and career so far show the kind of determination he has to succeed in the game.

“He proved himself while training with our first team at the end of last season and we’re both delighted and thankful to Eastbourne Borough that an agreement could be reached. It will be exciting to watch Franco’s development continue from here.”

Goalkeeper Coach Dean Thornton added: “Franco was someone recommended to me and Russ, and people I’ve spoken to that have come up against him and they have all spoken highly of him.

“We had him training with us for the final few months of last season so we’ve had a good look at him. It was immediately clear that he had come from a good football background at River Plate, playing football the way we like to play.

“He’s worked extremely hard to put himself in this position and we’re excited to make him a permanent part of our goalkeeping department moving forwards.”

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