Ezequiel Schelotto has revealed he will stay in Europe long term - despite offers from back home.

Albion’s right-back says he has been sounded out by major clubs in his native Argentina.

But he believes his baby daughter will receive a better education in Europe.

Schelotto has a property in Italy and arrived at the Seagulls last summer via a spell with Sporting Club in Lisbon, where he opened a restaurant.

Speaking on Argentinian television, he said club presidents and managers from the biggest outfits in the land had called him in recent years to see whether he would move back.

But, despite missing some aspects of life in South America such as extended family and typical food, he will stay this side of the Atlantic.

This summer marks the tenth anniversary of Schelotto, now 29, making the big move to Europe when signing for Italian outfit Cesena.

He has two years left on his current Albion deal and has settled in Hove with his wife and their one-year-old daughter.

Asked whether he had any plans to move back to Argentina on a permanent basis, Schelotto told presenters on the Tarde Redonda programme: “At the moment I don’t know. To be sincere, I think not.

“I’ve got my (immediate) family there (in England).

“We have got a house in Italy.

“Every year they ask me. They call me. I get calls from lots of coaches at big clubs. Agents, club presidents. They call me to go to Boca, River, San Lorenzo, Independiente, Velez, Banfield.

“But I’ve got all my (immediate) family there. I’ve not long ago become a dad.

“I watch Argentinian football whenever I get a chance. I love Argentinian football. It’s committed, it’s passionate.

“I don’t just watch big teams, I watch smaller teams as well. I watch second division games.

“I don’t come back for a number of reasons. It’s not money or the fact I don’t like the football. It’s because of a lot of things.

“Today the country, lamentably, isn’t in a good moment.

“I think most about my family rather than my future.

“I think education of my daughter is more important than anything else. I prefer to be there in Europe.”

However, Schelotto admitted to a strong connection with his homeland.

Albion report back to work at the end of this month and he conceded it would be tough to leave relations and friends in Argentina.

The Buenos Aires-born defender added: “When I have holiday and some time, I come back to Argentina.

“It’s hard then to go back to the airport and say goodbye to people I have here.

“I miss the food as well. You eat well there but I wouldn’t swap an asado (a traditional Argentinian meat grill) even for a pizza or a paella!”