NEW SIGNING Pervis Estupiñán is ready for Albion following his transfer from Villarreal to the club.
Albion confirmed the deal for the player later on Tuesday night, confirming he has signed a five-year deal with the club.
Estupiñán is excited about a move to the Seagulls as he has always dreamed of a chance to play in the Premier League.
He told MyAlbionTV: “I’m very happy. I’m excited. This is the league [Premier League] that I dreamed of I really wanted to come and play in what I thought was the best league in the world, especially at Brighton.
“They have shown an incredible interest in me, not just now but for a number of years. I’m so happy to be here.”
The 24-year-old admitted Albion’s interest convinced him to join the club and was impressed watching the club last season.
Estupiñán said: “Well, I think it’s really because of the interest they showed in me before. I then got really interested in them last year because I like the way they play and I think they had a great season .”
“That’s why I chose Brighton.”
Estupiñán was previously signed to Watford but never made an appearance for the Hornets for various reasons.
He said: “I signed for Watford and I haven’t had the opportunity to play in the Premier League or the Championship.
“Now that I’m here, I’m so happy that this day is finally becoming a reality. I just want to do my best.”
While at Watford, Estupiñán was loaned out to Spanish sides Almeria, Mallorca and Osasuna before eventually being sold to Villarreal.
The full-back is grateful for the time spent at the clubs that have helped him develop into the player he is now.
He said: “I am grateful to them. Sometimes when you take a big step too early, it can be difficult to adapt. I’m glad it worked out for me and I was able to learn slowly and go step by step.
“It really helped me gain the experience I needed to keep growing as a player. Now I’m ready for what’s to come.”
Estupiñán has also admitted he learned about the Premier League growing up as a child and idolizing former Manchester United full-back Antonio Valencia.
He added: I’ve heard a lot about the Premier League but mostly from playing PlayStation. We knew it was a great league.
“We also have a compatriot, the best Ecuadorian player to have played in Europe, Antonio Valencia. We all admired him and wanted to reach the same level as him.”
“That’s one of my goals. If he did it, why can’t I do the same?
“They say amazing things about the Premier League in Ecuador and everyone wants to be there. Now I have the opportunity.”
Estupiñán has joined two Ecuadorian international teammates at Albion in Moises Caicedo and Jeremy Sarmiento, something he’s excited to be a part of.
He said: “That’s very important – to play for an English team but to have two Ecuadorian team-mates. It will help me a lot – I play with them for Ecuador, so I know how they play.
“It will help me feel comfortable on the pitch every day.”
The defender has ambitions to play at the World Cup in Qatar later this year but his focus is only on Albion at the moment.
He said: “It’s very important for us. It’s practically a new generation for our national team and we’re so excited. But that moment will come and we will focus on the World Cup. Right now I’m just so happy to be here.
“Like I said, it’s the league of my dreams and it’s great to be in Brighton. I’m really looking forward to the start and I’m concentrating on the upcoming games.”
Estupiñán’s first game for Albion could come in the Premier League on Sunday when they travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United.
The 24-year-old is keen to get started as soon as possible and has agreed when manager Graham Potter calls.
He said: “I’m prepared. I’ve had a good season at my club before. I’m ready for anything the manager says.
“I had the opportunity to meet him (Graham Potter). I thanked him for showing interest in me. I’m more or less ready to go.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/20666985.pervis-estupinan-cant-wait-start-brighton-dream-premier-league/?ref=rss Pervis Estupinan can’t wait to start for Brighton in the ‘dream’ Premier League