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Marc Cucurella explains his decision to leave Brighton after joining Chelsea

Marc Cucurella spoke for the first time after completing a move to Chelsea from Brighton.

The Spaniard moved to Stamford Bridge in a £62m deal and is seen as cover for first-choice left-back Benn. Chilwell.

Since signing for the Blues, he has given his reasoning behind the decision to leave the Seagulls. Describing Chelsea as one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Cucurella he said Chelsea’s official website: “I’m really happy. It’s a great opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world and I’ll work hard to be happy here and help the team.”

The 24th-years was linked with a move to Manchester City before sealing a move to Chelsea. The Etihad The club eventually balked at Brighton’s asking price, paving the way for Chelsea to seal the deal unchallenged.

Cucurella joined Brighton just last summer from He was flying, he quickly established himself as a regular starter under Graham Potter. He was named the club’s player of the year and also player of the year.

Both Potter and the club’s chief executive Paul Barber have expressed their disappointment at the defeat Cucurella.

said Potter Official Brighton website: “We didn’t want to lose Mark [Cucurella]but he wanted the chance to play Champions League football with a view to accelerating his progress into Spain’s World Cup squad.

“Of course we are disappointed to see Marc go, but we wish him well for the future. He had an excellent first season in the Premier League, deservedly winning both player of the season awards and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with him over the last 12 months.”

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Barber added: “We didn’t want or need to sell Marc, despite interest from different clubs. We wanted to keep him at Brighton where he has done so well.

“However, recognizing that Marc wanted the opportunity to play in the Champions League, our absolute priority was to ensure that any deal was the right one for Brighton & Hove Albion.

“We have worked very hard with Chelsea over the last week or so, and particularly over the last 24 hours, to secure the right valuation for an outstanding player.”

Cucurella he could make his Chelsea debut on Saturday night against them Everton if he had registered in time. On Friday afternoon he is going to train for the first time with his teammates.

Meanwhile, Brighton will start their 22nd/23rd campaign against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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