Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Steven Alzate has admitted he is eyeing a move to another club in future, although he is happy where he is for now.
Alzate has been with Brighton since 2017, having joined the club from League Two side Leyton Orient in a £99,000 deal.
He’s worked his way up the youth ranks since then, including a loan spell at Swindon Town, and is now a fully-fledged member of Graham Potter’s first-team squad after making the step up last year.
This season he’s been a regular in the side and signed a new deal with the club last summer that will tie him to the Seagulls until 2024.
That’s a situation he’s more than happy with, but admits he is eyeing up a new adventure at a bigger club in future.
“My dream for the moment is to be here for many years to come,” he told MARCA.
“Obviously, when I’m older, I’m going to move to a new club for a new adventure, but for the moment, I’m happy here.”
In order to secure that move away from Brighton in future, Alzate will first have to ensure he can shine with the Seagulls.
That’s something he’s not managed to do this year, with just one goal to his name, albeit a famous one in the win over Liverpool at the beginning of this month.
Indeed, it’s been something of a stop-start season for the youngster, who has eight Premier League starts to his name but has largely found himself sat on the bench.
That’s a situation he’s less than happy about, admitting his frustration at not playing as regularly as he would like.
“It has been a season of ups and downs. I have had good moments and bad moments,” he added.
“As a player you want to play every game, it is normal, but you have to understand that I am still young and that I am in the most competitive league in the world.
“When I don’t play, I get frustrated, but I understand that I have to wait for my chance and take the opportunity.
“I think I lack a little of everything; with more experience, I am showing more.
“You have to, in all games, has make a difference, and when I start doing it I get more confident and start playing more games.”