Brighton: James Milner and Danny Welbeck sign new contracts

Brighton: James Milner and Danny Welbeck sign new contracts
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Former England internationals James Milner and Danny Welbeck have both signed new contracts with Brighton.

Midfielder Milner, 38, has agreed a one-year deal with the Seagulls while 33-year-old forward Welbeck has put pen to paper on a two-year contract.

Earlier in the season Milner moved up to second on the Premier League’s all-time appearance list and now needs to play in 20 more top-flight games to overtake Gareth Barry’s record of 653.

The veteran has not been able to add to that total since 30 January having struggled with injuries but “will be ready” for the start of the 2024-25 campaign.

“I am as driven as I’ve ever been and I’m excited for next season,” said Milner, who joined Albion on a free transfer last summer after his contract expired at Liverpool.

“I really enjoyed the first half of this season as the club played in Europe for the first time, while the second half has personally been disappointing with a couple of injuries.”

Welbeck has scored 25 goals in 123 games in all competitions for Brighton having signed in October 2020 following his release by Watford.

“Each season has been special and we’ve progressed every year,” said former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Welbeck.

“A couple more key acquisitions for the squad will help us push on next season and I am pretty sure we can achieve some more special moments.”

Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi said he was happy to hold on to two of his most experienced players.

“Their qualities as footballers and also as individuals are very clear for everyone to see,” he added.

“They have both been very important for the club on and off the pitch, and with Adam Lallana leaving us their contribution becomes even more crucial next season.”

Related Topics

  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Premier League
  • Football
  • England Men’s Football Team
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