Brighton and Hove Albion star Pascal Groß has admitted selling off their best talents for big fees may have held them back, but it’s now a part of the club’s ‘philosophy’.

Groß has been speaking to Suddeutsche Zeitung about his career with the Seagulls so far as he enters the final year of his deal at the club.

He’s been with the club since a €3m move from FC Ingolstadt in July 2017 and established himself as a key player ever since, particularly under Graham Potter and Roberto de Zerbi.

That means he’s seen the clubs impressive rise from close range and been part of an ever-changing dressing room, which seems to see major arrivals and departures each year.

Brighton’s success at developing young talent means they have regularly sold to bigger clubs in recent years, with last summer seeing Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister and Robert Sanchez all move.

The year before it was Marc Cucurella, Yves Bissouma and Leandro Trossard who were the major departures while in 2021/22 it was Ben White’s €58.5m move to Arsenal.

Sales such as those mean Brighton are arguably the best-selling club in the world, something Groß admits is a slight shame as they could have been competing with the big sides in the Premier League if they’d retained those players.

“We could certainly have posed a threat to the top clubs with the players mentioned and our current coach Roberto De Zerbi,” he said.

“But I’m not concerned with that thought because we still have a lot of quality and have also acquired good new players.

“I am also aware that there is a category of clubs above us – and it is part of our philosophy to keep selling players for a high fee.”