Brighton’s former record signing Propper falls out of love with game and retires

Former Brighton & Hove Albion record transfer star Davy Propper has decided to retire after “falling out of love” with football.

Propper joined Brighton in 2017 for a then-club record fee of £11.7million and spent four years with the Seagulls on his way to making 121 appearances.

Injury troubles limited the midfielder to 11 matches last season he opted to re-join former side PSV in the Eredivisie last summer for an undisclosed fee.

But after just 15 games for the Dutch side, the 30-year-old believes he has reached the end of the road in his football career and announced on Tuesday that he was hanging up his boots.

His club statement read: "I made the decision before Christmas and it feels like a relief. Because of this I know it is the right choice.

"During the period that I was abroad, I noticed that I slowly lost the pleasure of football.

“I found it extremely difficult to muster the discipline necessary to perform optimally and to let my life completely be determined by the busy football schedule.

"The corona period and the lack of visits from family and friends did me no good then either."

Propper stated he had hoped a return to PSV would reignite his passion after losing it at Brighton, but came to the conclusion that he didn't “feel comfortable” continuing his career into the New Year.

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The Dutchman said: "I am very grateful to the club that they have brought me in this summer.

"I hoped that with my return to the Netherlands, the fun in football would return. Unfortunately, that has not turned out to be so easy, partly because I don't feel comfortable in football culture.

"Still, I have adapted to it for a long time and sometimes closed it off. I don't want that anymore and that's why I'm done with it now."

Speaking on his future, Propper added: "I'm going to find out exactly what I want, where my passions and interests lie and what I want to pick up.

"Of course I also had many beautiful moments that I cherish. Will I miss playing football? We'll all see. For now I would like to thank my family, relatives and friends for all the support I have received from them.

“Now I have time to invest in them.”

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