Adam Lallana set to leave Brighton at the end of the season

May 14, 2024
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Adam Lallana | Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed the midfielder’s departure as his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old joined the Seagulls on a free transfer from Liverpool in the summer of 2020 and has since made 103 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and providing four assists.

Lallana has been a vital player in Brighton’s dressing room since the appointment of head coach Roberto De Zerbi, but the midfielder has had to accept a reduced role in the first squad this season.

The 34-cap England international has played 29 games for Brighton in all competitions this season, including 12 starts and 12 substitute appearances in the Premier League, as well as a few appearances in the Europa League, FA Cup, and EFL Cup.

Lallana has yet to decide on his next move as he enters the twilight of his career, but he intends to finish the week on a high with Brighton in Premier League games against Chelsea and Manchester United at the Amex Stadium.

Adam Lallana discusses his decision to leave Brighton & Hove Albion

Lallana told Brighton’s official website: “It was a difficult decision, but it just feels like the right time, not just for myself, but for the club as well.” I’ve been talking with Roberto for the past few months, and he indicated his desire for me to stay and continue playing.

“However, after reflecting on the state of the football club and having been away from my family for the past four years, I believe it is the right time.

“I’ve been conversing with my family all year, and my children, who need me around a little more at their age, had the most influence on my decision. I believe it is time to prioritize my personal and professional goals.

“Last week I informed Roberto, the club, and my teammates, all of whom are extremely important to me.” Now I simply want to enjoy my final week, have a couple of really good finishes, and conclude the season on a great note.”

“I would like to say thank you for all your support these past four years,” Lallana said. “We’ve had some incredible times. My message to our fans is to keep supporting the lads even when things are tough.

“The club is in an incredible situation. Everything that has happened this season: financial numbers, European football, and perhaps finishing in the top ten again are significant strides forward.

“It is critical that the supporters stay patient and realistic about what we are doing and what we have accomplished. The club is in good hands with (owner and chairman) Tony Bloom, so trust the process and continue to support the players every week.”

De Zerbi speaks about the midfielder

De Zerbi remarked, “We’re losing a fantastic man and player. It has been his decision, and we must respect it. He has been an important player for me during my time here. Adam Lallana, Adam Webster, and Pascal Gross were among those who accompanied me from the start, and his departure will be a significant loss.

“He is highly intelligent, loves football, and enjoys playing football. Lallana understands the game as both a player and a coach, but I believe he could play another season in the Premier League.

“He is quite educated, loves football, and enjoys playing it. He understands the game as a player and a coach, but I feel he has the potential to play another season in the Premier League.

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