Tariq Lamptey has left his boyhood Chelsea today to join Brighton, where he has signed a three-and-half year contract. Tariq admits it’s hard to leave but believes he will have more chances at Brighton.

His contract with Chelsea was about to expire at the end of the season, though there was a feeling around the Stamford Bridge that he could be convinced to stay after Frank Lampard handed him several appearances in the first team recently.

However, the attacking full-back made it clear he was not ready to sign a new deal with the West London club – much to the shock of his old manager – and says Brighton offers a better platform for his career.

It was a really tough decision to leave as I’ve been at Chelsea since the age of seven and seen it all the way to the under-23s, and then the first team,” said the teenager after Brighton confirmed the transfer.

“It was a proud moment when I made my Premier League debut, but I felt that it was the right time to start a new chapter and come to this brilliant club.

“The manager and the club have shown great faith in bringing me here. I just hope I can repay their trust, and help the club reach their goals and objectives.

“They are a team on the up with a great fanbase, training ground and stadium and they have everything I need to become a better player.”

Chelsea felt obliged to cash in on Lamptey when he made it clear he would not sign a new deal, and Brighton have landed one of the top young defenders in the country.

Describing his playing style, Lamptey continued:

I’m very hardworking and will give everything for the team on and off the pitch.

“I’m quick, tenacious, I’ve got good skills and am good in one-v-one situations both offensively and defensively. I give everything for the team and I don’t stop smiling!

“Because of my position, I look at people like Dani Alves for way he plays as an attacking full-back. He loves to get up and down and is someone who plays with flair and tenacity.

“I also like [N’Golo] Kante because he’s got great work rate. Someone who I also looked up to, although he was not in the same position as me, was Ronaldinho because of his positive outlook on football.”


Ross is a computer science engineer, an MBA and an ardent Chelsea fan.

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