Bruno celebrates with Glenn Murray.
Image by: Paul Hazlewood
06:00 19th April 2017
by Kieran Cleeves
The Albion captain was overcome with emotion.
Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno expressed his happiness at leading the club into the Premier League for the first time in history, and shared his emotions after a memorable day for the Seagulls.
The Spaniard was delighted to achieve promotion with his team-mates after Monday’s 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at the Amex, and praised Albion’s squad for showing character throughout the season.
He said, “We’re so proud because we’ve been fighting really hard. Last season was tough for us, we went really close, but this season we’ve been outstanding.
“It was a really emotional day. Before the game I had a lot of messages from friends, and when you see that, it’s so emotional.
“I’m so grateful towards the people here, from the first day this place felt like home. Not just for me, but also my kids and wife, we’re really happy here.
“That’s unbelievable [being a Premier League player]. I came five years ago, trying to achieve that. You think about how much you work for that, and I just can't find the words to describe it.”
The 36-year-old thanked a number of people for their involvement in Albion’s rise to the top flight of English football, before turning his attention to clinching the Championship title with three games remaining.
“It’s not just about ourselves; it’s about all the staff, people working at the training ground and the Amex.
“We also have to thank a lot of the old players. They didn’t have the facilities we have now, but they were fighting for the shirt and club.
“I cannot describe it [pride at being captain], there are so many feelings. I’ve been here five years and it’s been hard, coming close to promotion in three seasons.
“But we’ve got that in our minds now [winning the Championship]. We want to get that trophy and win this league, because we deserve that.”
Bruno praised Albion’s devoted supporters for their backing throughout the season, and believes reaching the Premier League is exactly what they deserve.
“We cannot say anything that we’ve not already said about them, there are 29,000 of them at every single home game.
“We know where Brighton is, and it’s hard for the fans to go up north sometimes, but they still go. “
“This club has gone through tough times, but they’ve been there supporting the club and players, so they deserve this.”