Fergus Bell says he turned down offers from League One and Serie B to join Mansfield Town.
Bell left Monza during pre-season after failing to establish himself and has linked up with Paul Cox’s League Two hopefuls.
The 23 year-old has never played a senior competitive game in England and says joining Stags was ‘a no-brainer.’
Said Bell: “When I first saw the boss he said ‘I have done my research and I know what you can offer. All I want is for you to go out and do that’
“I have never had a manager say something like that before and it was a big reason for me wanting to join the club.
“I had offers from a League One side, a couple of League Two sides and Serie B, but once I spoke to Paul Cox it was a no-brainer to come here.
“I know Liam Hearn jumped at the chance of joining Mansfield Town as well.
“The boss has shown plenty of faith and belief in the new players and I want to repay the faith the manager has shown in me.”
The former Sunderland and Hibernian youth player also said Paul Cox’s success at developing raw young players into a finished project was another key factor in his desire to join Stags.
“He is a manager that I can learn from. When I heard Mansfield were interested I spoke to other players and they said it was a great club to join.
“I have seen what has happened to younger players such as Sam Clucas and Ryan Tafazolli. I saw what the boss did with Matt Green and it is clear that this is a great club if you want to develop as a player.
“We have got a good squad this season and I think we are going to surprise a few teams.”
Mansfield kick off their League Two campaign at Northampton on 9th August.