Adam Lallana to leave at the end of the season

Midfielder to depart after four years with Albion.

By BHAFC • 13 May 2024

By Jeremy Roberts
Adam Lallana will leave Albion at the end of the season.

Adam Lallana will leave Albion at the end of the season.

Former England midfielder Adam Lallana will decide on what the next stage of his illustrious career entails, once he’s had time to reflect on the current season.

First he wants to end on a high this week, with matches against Chelsea and Manchester United at the Amex, and helping to secure a third consecutive top-ten finish in the Premier League.

He said, “It was a tough decision, but it just feels like the right time, not just for myself but for the club as well. I’ve been in talks with Roberto for the past couple of months and he expressed his wish for me to stay and keep playing.

“However, after taking a little time to think about where the football club is at, and having been away from my family for the last four years, I just feel it’s the right time.

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam has been a key player for Albion on and off the pitch since his arrival in 2020.

“I’ve been speaking with my family throughout the year and the biggest influence on my decision was my kids, who need me around a bit more at the age they’re at. I feel it’s time in my life and in my career to put them first.

“Last week I told Roberto, the club and my teammates, who are extremely important to me. Now I just want to enjoy my last week, get a couple of really positive results, and finish the season on a high.”

Adam has made the decision to announce his intentions ahead of the end of the season, so he can say a proper farewell and thank you to the Albion fans.

“I would like to say thank you for all your support these past four years. We have experienced some unbelievable times. My message to our fans is keep supporting the lads, through the tough moments.

“The club is in an unbelievable position. Everything that’s come out of this season: the financial numbers, European football, hopefully finishing in the top ten again, these are massive steps.

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam has made 103 appearances for Albion.

“It’s important the fans remain patient and realistic in what we’re doing and what we’ve done. The club’s in safe hands with Tony Bloom, so trust the process and keep supporting the boys every week.”

Head coach Roberto De Zerbi added, “We are losing a great man and great player. It has been his decision and we have to respect that. He has been a key player for me in my time here. At the beginning, Adam Lallana, Adam Webster, Pascal Gross, they followed me from the first day, and he will be a big loss for us.

“He is very smart, he loves football, he loves playing football. He understands the game as a player and as a coach, but I think he could play another season in the Premier League for sure.”

Chairman Tony Bloom also paid tribute, saying, “Adam was a crucial signing for us, bringing top-level experience at a critical time. His ability was clear for everyone to see, but what wasn’t evident to those watching on was how Adam has helped to raise standards and expectations in the dressing room and across the club.

“Fans, and the media in particular, got to see and more importantly hear this during those lockdown matches, when you could hear how vocal Adam was on the pitch in terms of his leadership qualities. He has been a great servant to this club and a big factor in our recent progress – not least in qualifying for European competition for the first time in the club’s history.

By Paul Hazlewood
The midfielder helped Albion qualify for Europe for the first time in their history last season.

“On behalf of all Albion fans I would like to thank Adam for his time here and wish him well in the next stage of his career.”

In an emotional extended interview with MyAlbionTV Lallana spoke about his time with Albion, the incredible progress the club has made in that period of time and why he has made the decision.

Adam started his career with Southampton, making his debut in 2006, and he helped them win back to back promotions from League One to the Premier League.

He spent seven seasons with Liverpool, making 128 appearances and was part of the squad that won the Premier League and Champions League.

Adam joined Albion in 2020 and has made 103 appearances for the club including 94 in the Premier League, scoring three goals.


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