Brighton were against letting me leave – Andone
Florin Andone has revealed Brighton didn't want to let him leave the club on loan during the summer transfer window.
Romania international Andone has struggled to make an impact since arriving at The AMEX Stadium from Deportivo La Coruna in May 2018, scoring just three goals from 23 Premier League appearances during his debut season.
However, the 26-year-old appeared to be given a new lease of life under Graham Potter, who replaced the sacked Chris Hughton this summer, with the striker playing three league matches and scoring in the 3-0 victory over Watford.
Despite being used on a regular basis, the Botosani-born star, who was sent off in the 2-0 defeat to Southampton this season, was eager to force through an exit and his wishes were granted after he joined Galatasaray on a season-long loan on the European transfer window deadline day.
Potter maintains Andone still has a future in England although it is thought a successful temporary spell in Turkey will result in Sari-Kirmizililar making a permanent offer next summer.
Speaking about the change in scenery, the striker told The Argus: “Brighton were always against me leaving, but it was my decision to play more. I felt that with Brighton, I would not have the minutes I needed to recover my form at Deportivo.
“I miss playing every week, scoring goals and feeling important in the team.”
Andone will have his work cut out to earn a regular starting spot at Galatasaray after they also managed to sign Colombia international Radamel Falcao on a three-year contract from Monaco.
The 33-year-old, who cost around five million euros, scored 15 goals from 33 Ligue 1 appearances last season after putting his injury problems behind him but was deemed surplus to requirements this summer.
Along with Falcao and Andone, the Turkish outfit, who sit ninth in the table after three games, have former Liverpool star Ryan Babel and 32-year-old Adem Buyuk to choose from in the attacking department.
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