Steven Alzate has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until June 2024 following his breakthrough campaign with the Seagulls.
The midfielder featured regularly this season before suffering a groin injury which meant surgery earlier this month.
As well as making 11 starts, Alzate also made his first international appearances for Colombia.
He said, “I am really pleased to commit my future to the club. Brighton have shown a huge amount of faith in me and I have been treated really well.”
Alzate is grateful for the support of head coach Graham Potter during his first season in the top flight.
“The manager has been integral for me. He gave me the opportunity to make my debut and to kick on from there,” he added.
“When I made my debut I had to prove myself, but he has given me the opportunity to make that impression and I think I have taken it with both hands.”
Having had successful surgery, the 21-year-old is now looking forward to pre-season training and a chance to establish himself in the team. So, looking ahead, what would be considered a successful 2020/21?
“Success would be getting many more appearances, more than I have made this season. I want to start more games and maybe spend less time on the injury list!” he said.
“It was my first season and maybe my body is just getting used to the tempo of the league but I want to be more involved and become a crucial part of the team.”
Technical director Dan Ashworth said, “Steven made great strides this season until his injury and his attitude and commitment are a great example to the younger players at the club. We’re looking forward to seeing how much he progresses over the next few seasons and to working with him.”