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Orlandi sorry to exit Brighton

Andrea Orlandi has revealed his disappointment and sadness to have been released by Brighton.

The former Swansea winger, who moved to the Amex in 2012, is one of six players leaving the club when their contracts expire this summer.

Orlandi was an influential member of the Albion squad which reached the top six last season but suffered an injury-hit campaign this time around, although he returned in time to help them clinch a second successive play-off spot which ended in defeat by Derby.

He told the club website: "I'm sad. My youngest daughter was born here and I was hoping to stay here a lot longer but that is football.

"I really felt loved by everyone, especially the fans who were incredible to me whether I was on the pitch or off of it and that is something that nothing will ever take away from me.

"The city and all the people in it are wonderful and I wish everyone nothing but the best going forward and I hope the club can fulfil the dream of playing in the Premier League soon. I'm just sorry I couldn't help to make that happen.

"It is a real shame that in my two years we got so close but we just couldn't get over the finish line, but I will take away some magnificent memories with me.

"Once again I just want to pay tribute to the tremendous support I have felt during my time here."