Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno is loving life at the highest level, and says he is savouring every minute of every match at the ripe age of 38.
The Seagulls skipper is the oldest outfield player in the Premier League, and in an interview with the matchday magazine, he explained that his lifestyle off the pitch has been key to his longevity.
He said, “At my age I treat every game as if it’s my last. I eat well, sleep well and at my age I also know my body well.
“When I’m on the training ground I train hard because I know that on the Saturday I’m coming up against wingers who are young enough to be my son!
“In the Premier League the wingers are fast and strong, so in my position it can be tough, but I use my experience to help me through games. As a team we also work really hard as a unit and that helps me as well.
“When we get the wins and play well, then it makes all the hard work worthwhile. It puts a smile on my face and that’s important for me too – I don’t know how long I have left as a player, so I’m trying to enjoy every moment.”
Bruno praised fellow full-back and compatriot Martin Montoya following his arrival in the summer, and feels the former Barcelona man has adapted well to life on the south coast.
“Martin has played really well. I know how difficult it can be coming to a new country, learning a new language and a new culture, both in football terms and away from the pitch.
“I have been trying to help him as much as possible and we have seen by the way he has been playing that he has settled in very quickly.
“He's a good character and is a very good player. He understands the way that we play and we all know that every player in the squad will have a part to play.”
Bruno also spoke about the job Chris Hughton has done as manager, and highlighted how the boss keeps everyone motivated.
“He is a clever and experienced manager, so he knows how to manage 25 players. We have a very strong squad now, with eight new players coming into the group in the summer, and everybody wants to play.
“That can only help the team because everybody has to be on top of their game to keep their place.
"The gaffer demands a lot from the players and he keeps the side well disciplined, but as a group we enjoy it a lot because he also gives us the freedom to go out and enjoy our football too. For me, it’s been a pleasure to play for him.”