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Brighton to take up 12-month option & open talks over long-term deal

Brighton to take up 12-month option & open talks over long-term deal
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According to sources, there is a high possibility that Joel Veltman will extend his contract with Brighton beyond the summer transfer window.

The right-back has been a crucial player for the club, but his contract is set to expire in June. However, Brighton is believed to have an option to extend his deal for another year, and they are keen to activate it.

Some clubs are monitoring Veltman’s situation, hoping to sign him for free in the summer transfer window.

Nevertheless, sources with knowledge of the situation revealed that the Netherlands international is happy with life at Brighton.

Moreover, the club is eager to hold talks with Veltman to secure a longer-term agreement and keep him at the Amex Stadium.

Joel Veltman currently earns £40,000-a-week on his existing contract, as per FBRef. The right-back has spoken publicly about his situation lately, admitting that he is “curious” about his choices as he alluded to a major final contract, considering that he is entering the twilight years of his career.

This season, Veltman has played 31 games in all competitions for Brighton, scoring one goal and providing one assist.

He has been a versatile option for the Seagulls, playing both as a right-back and a centre-back. Veltman was signed for just £900,000 in 2020, making him yet another bargain signing for Brighton.

Additionally, Football Insider reported on April 25 that Brighton is increasingly confident of agreeing to a new contract with striker Evan Ferguson.

The club, which is currently in eighth place in the Premier League, will face Nottingham Forest on April 26, led by Roberto de Zerbi.

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