Brighton & Hove Albion senior player development coach Bruno says that the decision to hang up his boots at the end of last season was an easy one.
The Spaniard has since taken up a role off the field as part of Graham Potter’s backroom team ahead of the new campaign, and he spoke to Seagulls TV about his retirement in an exclusive video feature.
He said, “To be honest it was an easy decision for me because I had a really clear idea of what I wanted from my future.
“Of course, you have some tough moments when you have to say it and I did struggle a little bit, but I’ve been so lucky with my career and the way it’s gone.
“Taking the job at the club now made it much easier in terms of a transition.”
News of the former defender’s decision sparked widespread recognition and praise for Bruno’s career and character, something he says took him pleasantly by surprise.
“They meant a huge amount to me, I didn’t expect to have that send-off and it was really special,” he continued.
“I will always be thankful for those and everyone who wished me well, all my family were here and saw them and they were there with me reading them.
“They saw how the club, city and fans have a relationship with players and take them in as one of their own.”
The full-back’s final game for the club came against Manchester City at the Amex Stadium, an occasion he admitted he’ll never forget.
“It was an amazing day and I enjoyed every minute, even the reception I got during the warm-up was amazing.
“Of course, we tried against one of the best sides in Europe, it was a great game which I enjoyed all-round.
“It was tough after the game speaking to the fans because I knew that was going to be the last time I would speak to the supporters as a player on that grass.
“It was really nice, but I also felt comfortable because that pitch has been my home for seven years, it was really special.”