Tariq Lamptey joined Brighton with a €5m deal

U20 England international’s old deal with the London club was due to expire in the summer, though there was a feeling around Chelsea that he could be convinced to stay at London after being handed several appearances in the firs- team recently.

But Tariq made it clear he would not be signing a new contract a decision which shocked old coach Frank Lampard and says Brighton offers a better platform for his career.

‘It was a really tough decision to leave as I’ve been at London since the age of seven and seen it to the under-23s, and then the first team,’ said Lamptey after Brighton confirmed the transfer.

‘It was a proud moment when I made my PL debut, but I felt that it was the right time to start a fresh chapter and come to this brilliant team. ‘The coach and the club have shown great faith in bringing me here. I hope I can repay their trust and help the club reach its goals and objectives.

London club felt obliged to cash in on Tariq when he made it clear he would not sign a new contract, and Brighton have landed one of the top young defenders in the country.

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