Brighton and Hove Albion star Pascal Groß has revealed he’s keener than ever to leave the club and potentially return to Germany, but needs an exciting project to do so.

The midfielder has been speaking to Suddeutsche Zeitung in Germany about his career at Brighton so far, and what may lie ahead in the final year of his deal with the club.

He has been with Brighton since 2017 after joining in a €3m deal from FC Ingolstadt and hasn’t looked back since, establishing himself as a key player under Graham Potter and Roberto De Zerbi.

He’s rewarded the faith shown in him too, with 32 goals and 52 assists in 246 games for the club to date and that tally is likely to rise before the end of the season.

By that point he will be in the final year of his deal and a decision will have to be made about his future as it will be the final window for Brighton to make money on him.

He’s admitted he’s now at a point where he’s as keen on a departure as he’s ever been, although needs a good project to convince him to leave Brighton.

“No, I definitely wouldn’t have thought that. For me, the transfer abroad was a huge step back then,” he said when asked if he ever saw himself remaining at Brighton for so long.

“Basically, as a footballer you don’t look far ahead. It is rare for a player to stay with one club for many seasons. But I’m glad it happened that way because my stop in Brighton is a nice story.

“I have no idea that I will necessarily have to end my career in Brighton. However, because of my family, I am now more interested in a transfer than before. In principle, it is conceivable for me to return to Germany.

“I follow the Bundesliga and find it to be an interesting league with great clubs – even if the Premier League has the better individual players overall. However, it would have to be a project that really excites me.”