New signing Marc Cucurella says he has realised a dream to play in the Premier League after completing his move to Albion.
The 23-year-old, who can play at left fullback or further forward, joined the club on transfer deadline day on a five-year contract from La Liga side Getafe.
“I have always watched the Premier League. It’s the best in the world and it’s been a dream to be able to come to England and play for Brighton,” he said.
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“There have been so many great players and great teams and I want to enjoy myself now. There’s a couple of weeks until the next game and it will give me a good opportunity to get to know what the manager wants and my teammates, so I am 100% ready for the first game.”
As a youngster, Cucurella started playing futsal because his father thought he was too small. But when he filled out he was taken to Espanyol for a successful trial before he captained various youth teams.
He was then signed by Barcelona and played in the Copa del Ray for the Spanish giants before signing for Eibar. He joined Getafe and was a regular last season, making 39 appearances. His consistent performances were rewarded with a first full Spain cap in a friendly against Lithuania in June. A former captain of Spain’s under-23s, he won a silver medal representing his country at the Tokyo Olympics last month.
Apart from a brief holiday in London, Cucurella has never been to England but Brighton was recommended to him when he lived in Madrid.
“A neighbour was a pilot flying out of London and he lived in Brighton for seven years and his two children were born here,” he explained. “He only had good things to say about the city and the quality of life. We are in a hotel at the moment, but we’re looking forward to finding a house and starting our life in the city.”
So, what sort of player can Albion fans look forward to seeing?
“I think I play at a high intensity, and I am very competitive – I don’t like to lose,” he added. “I always play to win. I am fast and I like to get the ball into attacking areas.
“But above all I want to learn, not just the language but also English football. It’s a new experience but I hope to be here for many years as it’s the best league in the world.
“It’s a difficult transition and not every player has this opportunity, but I must make the most of it and play well. I want the manager to believe in me so I can make my mark on this team.
“I am very happy. It has been a long summer but finally I’m here. I was happy to meet my teammates on Tuesday and now I’m looking forward to getting to know them and to the first game.”