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Adam Lallana to leave Brighton at the end of the season

The former Liverpool man will consider his options after deciding to leave the Amex Stadium

Adam Lallana

Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season to spend more time with his young family.

The 36-year-old has made 103 appearances for Brighton since joining from Liverpool in 2020 but says the upcoming games against Chelsea and Manchester United will be his last in a Seagulls shirt.

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The former England international told the club’s official website: “It was a tough decision, but it just feels like the right time, not just for myself but for the club as well. I’ve been in talks with Roberto [De Zerbi] for the past couple of months and he expressed his wish for me to stay and keep playing.

“However, after taking a little time to think about where the football club is at, and having been away from my family for the last four years, I just feel it’s the right time.

“I’ve been speaking with my family throughout the year and the biggest influence on my decision was my kids, who need me around a bit more at the age they’re at. I feel it’s time in my life and in my career to put them first.

“Last week I told Roberto, the club and my team-mates, who are extremely important to me. Now I just want to enjoy my last week, get a couple of really positive results, and finish the season on a high.”

Head coach De Zerbi said: “We are losing a great man and great player. It has been his decision and we have to respect that.

“He has been a key player for me in my time here. At the beginning, Adam Lallana, Adam Webster, Pascal Gross, they followed me from the first day, and he will be a big loss for us.

“He is very smart, he loves football, he loves playing football. He understands the game as a player and as a coach, but I think he could play another season in the Premier League for sure.”

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Jon Fisher

Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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