Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed that young defender Tariq Lamptey has signed a new long-term deal at the club.
The 20-year-old defender, who had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, and Arsenal in recent weeks, will now remain at the club until June 2025.
Lamptey made his Brighton debut in June last season and has since established himself as a regular player in the first team.
Head coach Graham Potter expressed his joy over Lamptey’s contract extension.
“We are delighted to see Tariq commit his long-term future here. We knew his potential when we signed him a year ago, and hoped he would have a really positive impact on the club, and that has proved to be the case with his performances since June, ” Potter was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
“He has been the model professional, he works exceptionally hard, is a humble lad, and is a team player. He fits in with everything we would want from a player, now it’s about helping him reach his potential.”
Lamptey came through the youth system with Chelsea, making his English Premier League debut for the Blues in December 2019.
He joined Albion in January 2020, making his debut in a goalless draw against Leicester City in June. Since then, he has made 19 appearances for the club, as well as playing for England at the Under-21 level.
Lamptey is currently out with a hamstring injury, which has seen him miss Albion’s last seven games.
He will also miss the next fixture when Brighton welcome Blackpool to the Amex Stadium in the Fourth Round of this season’s FA Cup on 23rd January.