Brighton captain Bruno to retire

Bruno. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Bruno. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno will play the final game of his career against Manchester City on Sunday.

The Spaniard has made the decision to retire which will end a seven-year playing career with the Seagulls - although the club hope he will stay in a non-playing capacity.

Albion manager Chris Hughton said: “To put it simply, Bruno has been outstanding — for the club and also for me personally. He’s been an outstanding player, an outstanding professional and is an outstanding person.

“He was already a legend here when I arrived as manager, and what he has done since then has been instrumental in our progress as a football club.

“He has been a key figure in our promotion to the Premier League, and in our two seasons at that level too. He is 38, playing in the best league in the world, but his performances have belied his age.

“Personally and on behalf of the football club, I would like to thank Bruno and wish him well for the next chapter.”

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom added: “When Bruno signed for the club in 2012, we knew we were signing a player with proven quality, but what also impressed us was the personality that came as part of the package.

“Intelligent, honest, compassionate to others and always very approachable, he possessed the perfect traits to eventually become our club captain.

“On the pitch he has been a talisman, a player who has always inspired those around him with his performances, while off the pitch his total professionalism is the reason why, at the age of 38, he has still maintained the very highest levels — indeed, he was one of our best players at Arsenal last weekend.

“Bruno has become part of the fabric of this football club, this city, and our relationship will not end with his impending retirement. He will always be a part of us and I wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

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