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12 May 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion host Valencia at the Amex in August for a Bruno tribute match.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bruno spoke of his gratitude for the reception he received at his final game for the club against Manchester City at the Amex Stadium.

The Spaniard left the field for the final time in the 82nd minute against the title-winning Citizens in the final game of the campaign, and he reflected on an emotional afternoon.

He said, “It was a great day – I tried my best to speak to the fans on the pitch at the end.

“I’m just so thankful that I’ve been able to end it in this way at the Amex against one of the best teams ever, I’m a very lucky man.

“My time at the club has been amazing since the first day, I’ve enjoyed every single day – everything about the club and the city has been great and I’m very lucky.”

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The club captain also revealed that both he and his family will remain in the city beyond his playing career and looked ahead to what comes next.

“Me and my family will stay here in Brighton because we are very happy here and don’t want to move,” he continued.

“We settled well here, and this club is still growing – it has a bright future that I want to be part of.

“I want to try different things and see where I can find a passion, I will do my coaching badges and also help players – I’m sure I’ll find something.”

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Pep Guardiola’s men were 4-1 winners on the south coast in the final game of the season, and Bruno reserved praise for Sunday’s opponents and his fellow countryman who’s led them to back-to-back league titles.

“They’ve been outstanding and they’re a great team – they have a brilliant manager and really good players.

“When you’re on the pitch against them you realise how good they are, they have so much communication out on the field and that’s not easy to find.

“We took an early lead and it’s a shame we couldn’t hold it for a little longer, we started the game really well and were the better side.

“We were playing to win the game as we always do, we gave them a tough game and they had to work – but they stuck to their plan and got the result they needed in the end.”

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