Former Albion defender Marc Cucurella has thanked the club for giving him one of the best years of his career.
The Spaniard left Albion earlier this summer when he completed a transfer to Chelsea reportedly in the region of £62million including add-ons in a club-record sale.
When asked about his time at Albion, he said it was “maybe the best year of my career”.
Cucurella’s deal with Chelsea was one of the window’s transfer sagas as he was originally the top target for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City but it was the Blues who won his signature.
Cucurella said of the move: “A lot of rumours. I think it was a good moment to move to a big club.
“Chelsea is a big club. Very happy to stay here. Interested in me all summer. Happy to stay here.
“I’m very happy because it’s a lot of money, Todd (Boehly) and the gaffer (Thomas Tuchel) have shown so much interest in me.
“I want to work hard, adapt to the team, win and play well for the club.”
Cucurella had previously played at Stamford Bridge during his time at Albion and he has fond memories of the game which ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to a defender-assisted Danny Welbeck equaliser.
Speaking of Stamford Bridge, he said: “It’s incredible. I remember playing for Brighton last season and we scored at the last minute.
“The stadium atmosphere is very good, the fans are singing. The stadium is famous, a historic stadium.
“Playing for this club is very nice for me.”
Albion have meanwhile signed Pervis Estupiñán to replace Cucurella.
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