Brighton defender Adam Webster has signed a bumper new five-year contract in a major boost for the Seagulls ahead of the new season.
A few days after Ben White’s £50m departure for Arsenal, Brighton have secured the long-term future of another of their centre-backs by tying Webster down on an improved deal that will run until 2026.
Webster, 26, was two years into the four-year agreement he signed following his club record £22m transfer from Bristol City in 2019.
Adam Webster signed a five-year contract with Brighton after impressing in the last two years
Webster joined Brighton for a club record £22m from Bristol City in 2019 and has stepped up
And Brighton have rewarded Webster for his impressive displays since his move with a contract extension.
Webster quickly established himself at Premier League level and in the Brighton team and has made 64 appearances in his two seasons at the Amex.
He has caught the eye with his defensive qualities, ball-playing ability and leadership skills, becoming Brighton’s vice-captain last season.
England Under 19 international Webster, who was strongly tipped to earn senior Three Lions recognition last season, has attracted interest from a number of Brighton’s top-flight rivals as well as leading clubs in Europe.
But Brighton have no intention of letting Webster leave and have underlined their determination to keep him with his new contract.
Brighton were keen to tie down Webster after losing defender Ben White to Arsenal for £50m
Brighton coach Graham Potter called Webster ‘a really important figure on and off the pitch’
Webster said: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to sign a new deal. As soon as I heard there was the potential for me to sign a new contract I was thrilled and I am pleased to get it done. Now I can focus on the new season.
‘The club have shown a lot of faith in me to bring me here in the first place, to reward with me a new contract is amazing and I can’t wait for the next five years.
‘It’s an easy project to buy into, without a doubt. You can see the way the club is going and everyone is pulling in the right direction, it’s a great place to be. It’s a fantastic place to come and work every day, to work to improve.’
Brighton head coach Graham Potter said: ‘Adam has been a really important figure for us on and off the pitch, so I am delighted to see him commit to the project we have here.
‘Adam was one of the first players to sign after my coaching staff and I joined the club two years ago and I am delighted with his development in that time. He has captained the team on a few occasions which is a real testament to his qualities.’