Moises Caicedo wants to be one of the best players in the world.
He also wants to become the Ecuadorian export with the most trophies.
Even more than his idol Anthony Valencia, who won five major national prizes, a Europa League and three Community Shields with Manchester United.
Exciting ambitions that would almost certainly mean a move from Albion.
And something that would shock or alarm Albion fans.
Of course, it all depends on what heights the new manager can climb with the Seagulls once he’s on the ground. No pressure.
But it shouldn’t worry anyone.
We now know what his ambitions are and where his career path is likely to lead.
Caicedo has given one of the longest and most in-depth interviews of his time as an Albion player.
Of course, he was asked about Graham Potter’s move to Chelsea.
Of course, he was asked about his own dreams and ambitions.
And of course he was asked about reported interest from Champions League clubs.
His answers were comprehensive, honest and open.
Caicedo last spoke with The Argus in a fairly brief exchange in the mixed zone at the Amex following their 5-2 win over Leicester.
It was short because his parents were coming over from Ecuador and he wanted to come over and catch up with them.
At first he didn’t want to stop at all, but was happy to give a bit of time when asked.
This interview was long enough for him to dedicate his goal against the Foxes to his family.
No one would have guessed then that the manager who gave Caicedo his Prem debut – perhaps belatedly – would strike an agreement with Chelsea just 72 hours later.
Caicedo referenced this in his interview with ole.com for a South American audience.
He said the development shows how quickly things can change in the football business.
So it would have been hypocritical to commit to Albion for the long term.
Apart from his current contractual obligation, of course.
What he has made clear, as he did at The Argus, is that while he is here – including during the transfer window – his commitment to Albion is absolute and must not be questioned.
He said: “At the moment my focus is very much on Brighton and the World Cup.
“I want to have a great World Cup and after that we’ll see what happens.
“I think they are one of the best teams in the world and nobody would turn down an offer from Chelsea or a club like them.
“It’s a dream to be in one of the best teams in the world and to be successful there.
“I’ve seen rumors and things (over the summer), but I’ve been working with my team.
“I didn’t want anything to distract me from my work, so I left everything to my agent.
“I’m very calm, just concentrating on Brighton and didn’t even know if there were any offers or not.
“I was just working with my team to play good games.
“If there had been an offer I would have thought carefully about it but I’m very happy here at Brighton and doing things well.
“I have adapted to the team now.
“Right now I just want to be here, keep collecting minutes, play at the World Cup and then we’ll see what happens.”
When it comes to ambitions, Caicedo is very clear. He said: “Ever since I was little, I’ve dreamed of being like Antonio Valencia.
“He’s still my idol because he was successful here and I want to be too.
“I’m an idol to a lot of kids now and I’m very happy about that.
“To continue to be a role model for these young players, I have to keep doing a good job on and off the pitch.
“They follow my steps and every move I make.
“I have to show them that I’m doing things right so that they follow this path.
“I am preparing to become one of the best players in the world and one of the best midfielders in the world.
“I feel like I can do that.
“Nothing is impossible and I work hard.
“The people who see me as an idol motivate me to work even harder.”
Caicedo spoke about the goal of winning that first Premier League title this season.
And he was referring to Albion, it seemed.
That sounds very imaginative, although logically every player tries to win every game.
So at the end of the day, they’re actually trying to win the league.
Caicedo said: “I’m a guy who doesn’t think negatively.
“I think if we all do our part, we can win the title. We know it won’t be easy because there are very strong teams.
“We just have to work and focus on ourselves, not see others and just focus on ourselves.
“Doing things well will reflect on the pitch.
“We will fight with every team that we have in front of us.
“I like to win trophies and to win the Premier League would be a dream.
“That’s why I came here, not just to compete, but to win titles.
“I want to be the Ecuadorian who has won the most titles in his career.”
Caicedo spoke about fulfilling an ambition to make his mother and father proud.
He said: “My family was on a low income but there was always someone to help me when I didn’t have money for equipment or boots.
“There were always friends or colleagues who helped me with the purchase, so it wasn’t that difficult to go to training or games from a young age.
“Now I could bring them (his parents) here to England and see them at the stadium celebrating my goals.
“It’s what I dreamed of and there are many more dreams to come.
“Scoring at the World Cup and leaving my national team at the top. Then I can also say that my parents will be proud.”
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