Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal expressed his gratitude to the club for the faith shown in him, after the Israel international signed a new one-year contract extension last week.
The midfielder has recovered from two leg breaks during his time on the south coast, and Kayal paid tribute to the manager for allowing him a chance to prove himself in the Premier League.
He said, “It’s probably the best feeling I’ve had after a contract signing. I’ve signed a lot in my career, but this is a bit different.
“I haven’t played that much, I broke my fibula twice in the last two years and I’ve been away a lot, but to earn this contract from the manager’s trust, it has given me the best feeling.
“To get back twice after breaking my leg was among the hardest times in my career. I played 19 games in the Premier League last season and to know I have the trust from him is more pleasing than anything else.”
Kayal also congratulated Paul Nevin for his call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England coaching set-up, and thanked Albion’s first-team coach for his ongoing support.
“When I came back from an injury, he was there in what was a very tough time for me.
“He’s an unbelievable man that’s always there for the players. He has a lot of experience and he was very happy when he came to the training ground after hearing the news.
“We all wished him the best, and his appointment shows the direction that this club is going. It’s something special for us.”
The 30-year-old then looked ahead to Friday’s game against West Ham United, and praised the quality of their football.
“Every game is a chance to win, especially at home. It will be great to come back home and play in front of our fans on a Friday night.
“I saw West Ham at the beginning of the season, and they play good football without getting the results."
“In the last few weeks they’ve been getting better results, but it’s not going to change anything about us.
“We just need to focus on ourselves; it’s not going to be about West Ham, it’s going to be about us.”