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SANCHEZ AIMS TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION

12 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Robert Sanche

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 goalkeeper Robert Sanchez is loving every minute training with the first team squad this summer and remains focused on forcing his way into Chris Hughton’s plans.
 
The Spanish shot-stopper has progressed well in the club’s academy since arriving from Levante, and hailed the move as the best choice of his career.
 
He said, "It's a big experience. You cannot compare training with the youth team and going with the first team.
 
"The improvement and experience of the players is at another level. You improve much quicker and they are really good lads. It's a great honour to be with them, a really good opportunity to show to the coaches how good you can be.
 
"Before Brighton signed me I was playing for Levante at the 14-15 age group, in the third team over there. I heard Brighton were watching me, I came for a trial for a month, and looked at the facilities.
 
"After three years, I think it's the best decision I've ever made. The difference between then and now, with my mentality, the improvement on the pitch and even outside of football - it's amazing. The coaches have helped me so much as well and when I was in digs with a family, they were really kind.
 
"I want to progress to the first team, playing every game. With the fans' support and the team, I want to be competing for Brighton and doing the best I can."

Ben Roberts
 
The young goalkeeper paid tribute to fellow Albion shot-stopper Niki Maenpaa, former Seagulls keeper David Stockdale, and coach Ben Roberts for their roles in his development.
 
"I worked with Stocko and Niki. They're big, big experienced people and I don't think anyone else can show you more than them.
 
"They're great keepers to work with, they're older than me, ten or 11 years older, so they can teach me many things that maybe I don't know.
 
"The coach [Ben Roberts], always, every day, teaches me something new that I didn't know. He's great and the improvement you can do with these people is massive.
 
"The first two years I felt like I improved but the biggest improvement was last season. I had consistent games, and was training with the first team and the under-23s.”
 
The 19-year-old looked ahead to the upcoming season and says he is open to the possibility of heading out on loan, to gain regular first-team game time.
 
"At the moment I'll see how it goes with the first team and the under-23s when I go back.
 
“I'll try to play the most games I can this year. At the moment I know until Christmas I am going to be here. After Christmas I don't know yet. Maybe there will be a chance to go on loan.”


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