Bart Verbruggen explains why he made Brighton switch as Burnley 'close in' on alternative

Former Burnley target Bart Verbruggen believes Brighton & Hove Albion is the perfect fit to take the next steps in his career.
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It had previously been reported that Burnley had seen an offer in the region of £13m knocked back – and they were unwilling to enter into a bidding war, paving the way for the Dutchman to make the move to the Amex Stadium.

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Opening up on his transfer, Verbruggen told Brighton’s YouTube channel: “I’m really happy to be here, I’m really excited.

“It’s an amazing club with amazing people, so I can’t wait to get started.”

When asked why he chose Brighton over other clubs, Verbruggen added: “As I said, the club is amazing. The people here are amazing.

“Maybe most of all I like the way they played last season with the manager and the players they have, so I think it’s a good fit. That’s why I decided to come here.

Verbruggen has penned a five-year contract at the Amex StadiumVerbruggen has penned a five-year contract at the Amex Stadium
Verbruggen has penned a five-year contract at the Amex Stadium
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“Maybe I enjoy that more than saving the ball sometimes, but I’ve always felt quite comfortable with the ball at my feet and I like playing out from the back.

“I think it’s a perfect fit, so I can’t wait.”

Verbruggen also revealed Brighton’s goalkeeping coach Jack Stern helped him settle on the South Coast.

“The first conversation I had was with him and I immediately felt like he’s a great person,” the 20-year-old added.

“We immediately spoke about goalkeeping and I really feel like we feel the same about goalkeeping.

“He’s been great throughout the whole process.”

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Burnley have since turned their attention to Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford.

Overnight it emerged the two parties were closing in on an agreement, believed to be worth an initial £14m, plus add-ons.

The 20-year-old, who starred on loan with Bolton Wanderers last season, is currently away with England’s Under-21 side, who have reached the semi finals of UEFA’s Under-21 European Championships.

Jean Butez, of Antwerp, and FC Copenhagen’s Kamil Grabara have also been linked during recent weeks.