Bruno says he is savouring every moment of Brighton’s second season in the top flight
Brighton and Hove Albion skipper Bruno Saltor has stated that he is cherishing every moment of the club’s second season in the Premier League, with the 38-year-old Spaniard admitting that it might as well be his last season.
Bruno, who joined from Valencia back in 2012, has been a key presence in the Seagulls’ journey from the Championship to the Premier League and has featured in 33 of the club’s 61 games in the top flight since they secured promotion in 2017.
The 38-year-old is likely to be back in the starting eleven when Brighton face West Brom in the fourth round of the FA Cup, having knocked out Bournemouth 3-1 in the previous round.
He said, “I’d be lying if I said I’m not thinking about my future, but it’s not a big deal right now. I’m just trying to enjoy it, because I know it could be my last season.
“I will take the decision in a couple of months, but right now I’m trying to enjoy everything. I was at Old Trafford last week and it could have been my last visit.
“The older you get, you know that you’re closer to the end, but I feel mentally strong, so we’ll see at the end of the season.
“I’m feeling really good right now and I’m training at the same level as all of the boys. I think I’ve had good performances in all of the games that I’ve played.
“I’ve been talking to a lot of former players and it’s a difficult transition. But you need to be grateful for everything you’ve done and be positive for the future.
“I love the club and the city, my family love the place as well. When I retire, one of the options is to stay here, and I would love that.”
“I can’t think of anything better [ending career with a FA Cup final]. When you’re young, you’re dreaming to play in the best leagues, and when you get older, you keep dreaming of big things.
“It’s going to be a really good game and, as always, we’ll have our fans behind us. We want to go through in this cup but it’s going to be a tough match.
“It would give the city another boost, just like it did when we got promoted to the Premier League.
“I just love seeing all the kids with Brighton shirts. When I first came over, it was Arsenal, Man U, Chelsea, but now you see lots of Brighton shirts. Maybe it would help put even more children in our shirt.”