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Chelsea target Lewis Dunk signs new contract at Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion captain Lewis Dunk has signed a new 5-year contract till the end of 2024/25 season, ending speculation linking him to Chelsea.

The centre back was heavily linked Chelsea this summer but has put pen to paper, leaving Frank Lampard in search of a new defensive target.

Dunk is Brighton’s reigning Player of the Season and is a key member of the squad, leading Albion to their best-ever Premier League finish last season.

Head coach Graham Potter said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Lewis has made this long-term commitment to the club. It’s fantastic news for everyone: the club, the supporters, the team and myself.

“Since I came to the club he’s been a joy to work with and he’s a top player. We are very lucky to have him.

“I think his role as captain is one he’s grown into and one he will do better and better for the next few years.

Lewis Dunk with head coach Graham Potter after signing a new five-year contract. (Photo Credit: Brighton media)

“He leads by example on the pitch and he’s a good lad off it – a delight to work with.

“We’re all determined to push on next season and establish the club in the Premier League and I’m really pleased that Lewis will be with us on that journey.”

The 28-year-old defender is delighted to commit himself long-term to the club.

“I’m delighted to have signed a new contract,” Lewis told the club’s website. “The aim now is to build on a record Premier League season and help the club continue its recent progress over the next five years.”

Dunk was part of the club’s youth system before making his first-team debut in 2010. He has gone on to make over 300 appearances for the club, including 110 in the Premier League, and won his first England cap in November 2018.

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