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Brighton extend Milner and Welbeck contracts

Seagulls extend deals of former England duo after Adam Lallana exit

Roberto De Zerbi

Former England duo James Milner and Danny Welbeck have agreed new contracts at Brighton.

Milner has penned a one-year deal while Welbeck has signed until June 2026.

Seagulls head coach Roberto De Zerbi told the club website: “I am delighted – they both deserve these extensions.

“Their qualities as footballers and also as individuals are very clear for everyone to see, so this is very good news for us.

“They have both been very important for the club on and off the pitch, and with Adam Lallana leaving us their contribution becomes even more crucial next season.”

Former Man United and Arsenal forward Welbeck – who has 42 England caps, scoring 16 goals – said: “I’ve had an amazing time.

“Each season has been special and we’ve progressed every year. This season has been very difficult with the Europa League commitments. The fixture list has been different, but it’s been a great step.

“A couple more key acquisitions for the squad will help us push on next season and I am pretty sure we can achieve some more special moments.”

Milner, who played for Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Man City before winning seven trophies for Liverpool, won 61 England caps and played at four major tournaments.

“I am as driven as I’ve ever been and I’m excited for next season,” he said. “ I really enjoyed the first half of this season as the club played in Europe for the first time while the second half has personally been disappointing with a couple of injuries, but I will be ready for the start of next season.”

Milner became the second-highest appearance maker in the Premier League in January and has now played 634 games with 55 goals and 89 assists.

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Alex Hoad

Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.

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