Yapi ready for a new challenge

New Albion under-23 defender Romaric Yapi cannot wait to undertake a new chapter in his career, after arriving from Paris St Germain on a one-year deal.

By James Hilsum • 08 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood

The 19-year-old feels that the club is the ideal place for him to develop as a player, and spoke about the attributes he hopes to bring to the squad.

He said, “I’m very happy to be here at Brighton. It’s a beautiful club and city, and I am ready for this new challenge.

“My best qualities are my defending, and I like to showcase my skills. That’s part of my identity and the way I like to play football.

“I like to assist my team-mates and get crosses in for the strikers. I am happy to be a part of this team and feel it is the best place for me.”

By Paul Hazlewood

Yapi reflected fondly on his time at PSG, but is excited to see what is in store on the south coast.

“PSG was like a family to me, and I have a lot of friends from my time there. My coach there was also like a teacher for me.

“Being at PSG was a dream but I am now looking forward to the future with Brighton. It’s the best club for my evolution, and I really like the city too.

“It’s a very different environment to Paris, and it feels more relaxed here. That’s very important to me and I like this environment.”