Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray says that his time with Bruno on the south coast has been a fantastic experience both on and off the field.
The club captain will be hanging up his boots after Sunday’s game against Manchester City at the Amex Stadium on Sunday after nearly seven years at the football club, and Murray spoke highly of the time he’s spent with the Spaniard.
He said, “He’s given an incredible amount to this football club over the years and they’ve probably been the best years of his career.
“When he joined I don’t think he could’ve imagined staying for as long as he has but it’s turned out to be the right fit and as captain he’s led this club to the Premier League.
“I’ve played against him and admired him from afar in that capacity and then obviously it’s been an honour to play in the same team as him – it’s been a pleasure to achieve together..”
The 38-year-old is renowned for leading by example both on and off the field, and Murray reflected on what he’s taken from the right-back’s approach to the game, being the second oldest player in Chris Hughton’s squad.
“He’s someone I look up to away from the field as well – he’s not too much older than me but I’ve taken a lot of heart from what he does off the pitch,” he continued.
“I’ve watched him in the gym every day and watching how he’s very regimented in his approach to his health and fitness off the field.
“Whether that’s sleep, stretching or weights – his mentality is something I’ve taken a lot from – hopefully I can prolong my career in the way he has from things I’ve picked up from him.”
Bruno led the Seagulls out in their first-ever Premier League game against Manchester City on the opening day of the 2017/18 season, and could do so again this weekend against the same opponents in his final match for the club.
Murray finished his tribute by speaking about the defenders’ strengths as both a captain and an important member of the side.
“He’s a really good captain – he leads by example and in my second spell here he’s always been the most composed player on the ball when in possession.
“He defends well and has adapted superbly to the English game and to be honest he’s the perfect role model for any aspiring player.
“His approach is perfect, and he sets a really high standard of professionalism.”