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8 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion winger Jose Izquierdo speaks to Premier League Productions.

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Jose Izquierdo revealed his happiness on the south coast and also the strong family feel shared within the first-team dressing room.

Izquierdo has been in England for over a year since signing from Club Brugge, and he commented on the togetherness of Chris Hughton’s squad, before praising the people of Brighton.

He said, “It’s a special dressing room for me. It’s not just about football, there are a lot of people in the dressing room that I can consider as family.

“I’m happy here and my team-mates are nice people. There are so many egos in other dressing rooms and it’s difficult to manage that, but the team-mates here are very good.

“Brighton is a nice city and I like it. It has everything and the people are also very nice.

“When people stop you to say hello and ask for a picture, it makes you proud that you’re working good and the people know that.”

The 26-year-old departed Colombia in 2014 for a move to Europe, and he stressed the important role his family play in getting the best out of him on the pitch.

“My parents are coming over next week and my sisters will be coming in December.

“They are always proud of me and pay attention to my games. It’s a motivation for me to keep working.”

Well known to most Albion supporters, Izquierdo has a pet pig called Peter back home in Colombia, and the winger gave an update on his current situation on the animal front.

“Peter is growing up every day, but I can’t bring him to England because he doesn’t have a passport!

“I had a dog in Belgium but when you live alone it’s very difficult to have a pet. I just have the Seagulls on the beach now!”

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