Tariq Lamptey: I turned down quite a few options before Brighton move
Tariq Lamptey reveals he turned down ‘quite a few options’ in favour of Brighton move after sitting down with ‘coaches, family members and agents’ to discuss ‘tough’ Chelsea exit
- Tariq Lamptey left Chelsea after 11 years, having joined the academy aged eight
- Lamptey stated his ambition and a desire to play football led to his departure
- His performances at Brighton have alerted Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich
Tariq Lamptey has divulged his reasons for leaving hometown club Chelsea after more than a decade, disclosing he rejected numerous offers before moving to Brighton.
Right-sided defender Lamptey, 20, has won plenty of admirers for his energy, dynamism and fearlessness since his deadline-day move to the south coast in January.
And the recently capped England U21 international admitted leaving Frank Lampard’s side despite making his first-team debut against Arsenal was an extremely difficult call.
Tariq Lamptey (left) spent 11 years at Chelsea before moving to Brighton in January 2020
Who else is challenging for the England right-back jersey?
- Trent Alexander-Arnold, left on the bench for England against Denmark
- Kyle Walker, described by Roy Keane as an ‘idiot’ after Walker conceded a crucial penalty against Liverpool
- Chelsea’s Reece James who has broken through for the Blues
- Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier, who is a Gareth Southgate favourite
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been superb in defence for Manchester United
Lamptey told 90Min: ‘I sat down with the coaches, family members and agents and thought about what’s best for me. It was a really tough decision.
‘Being at a club since the age of nine, going up through the whole system and making your first-team debut, everything happened so quickly, but I had to look at where I would get the most football and how I could take my game to the next level.
‘It wasn’t an easy decision, I thought about it every day. But the opportunity came for me to come to Brighton, which is a fantastic club with a really good plan for the team, and the move made a lot of sense.
‘There was quite a few options to go to, but I sat down with my family and talked about where would be best for me, where could help me develop, and I thought Brighton would be the best club for me.’
Sportsmail revealed earlier this month that Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid had joined the queue of teams interested in Lamptey, with Bayern Munich and Sevilla also keeping tabs on the diminutive defender.
Graham Potter and Brighton are therefore keen to tie Lamptey down on fresh terms to keep him at the Amex for the foreseeable future.
Lamptey made an impressive cameo off the bench against Arsenal on his debut for Chelsea
Despite his impressive domestic form and recent call-up to Aidy Boothroyd’s England U21 squad, Ghana are interested in making him a full senior international.
And with fellow Premier League stars Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Reece James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Justin to battle with, Lamptey will have to maintain his current performances to challenge for the England right-back berth.
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