Albion captain Bruno is retiring.

Sunday's match against title-chasing Manchester City at the Amex will be the last of the veteran Spanish right-back's career.

The Seagulls are hoping he will remain at the club in a non-playing capacity.

Bruno, 38, revealed his decision to his team-mates this morning, which was followed later by an official announcement.

He has made 234 appearances for Albion since joining them on a free transfer from Valencia in June 2012.

The Argus: Manager Chris Hughton said: "To put it simply, Bruno has been outstanding — for the club and also for me personally. He's been an outstanding player, an outstanding professional and is an outstanding person.

"He was already a legend here when I arrived as manager, and what he has done since then has been instrumental in our progress as a football club.

"He has been a key figure in our promotion to the Premier League, and in our two seasons at that level too. He is 38, playing in the best league in the world, but his performances have belied his age.

"Personally and on behalf of the football club, I would like to thank Bruno and wish him well for the next chapter."

Bruno has been limited to 13 Premier League starts this season after Albion signed fellow Spaniard Martin Montoya from Valencia last summer.

Hughton has turned back to him in the club's hour of need in recent matches to help them stave off the threat of relegation.

Chairman Tony Bloom said: "When Bruno signed for the club in 2012, we knew we were signing a player with proven quality, but what also impressed us was the personality that came as part of the package.

"Intelligent, honest, compassionate to others and always very approachable, he possessed the perfect traits to eventually become our club captain.

"On the pitch he has been a talisman, a player who has always inspired those around him with his performances, while off the pitch his total professionalism is the reason why, at the age of 38, he has still maintained the very highest levels — indeed, he was one of our best players at Arsenal last weekend.

"Bruno has become part of the fabric of this football club, this city, and our relationship will not end with his impending retirement. He will always be a part of us and I wish him and his family all the very best for the future."

Bruno also played in Spain for Espanyol, Gimnastica, Lleida and Almeria during a 20-year-career.

The happily married father-of-two has settled on the south coast with Albion and they are keen to stretch his stay.

The Argus: Chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber said: "He has, without doubt, been one of the finest footballers, and human beings, I have ever had the pleasure to work with in football.

"We both joined the club during the same summer of 2012 - and we have shared so many ups and downs, and thankfully more ups than downs, in the seven seasons since.

"During that time we have talked about football, business, and life. And we have often negotiated on a range of player-related matters as the club captain and CEO should.

"At all times, Bruno has been a true gentleman, full of integrity and decency. I will miss working with him in his capacity as club captain and would like to wish Bruno and his family well for the future.

"After a playing career spanning more than 20 years, Bruno will spend some time with the family and consider his next move — but we very much hope that his future will still be here, with us, in some capacity."