Martin Montoya has described Albion as “ten out of ten” off the pitch.

Now the Catalan right-back hopes to reward staff and fans with an improved second season at the club, Montoya is happy with his performances in his first season in the Premier League following last summer’s switch from Valencia.

But he has explained why he will step up a level when he reports back for the 2019-20 season.

He also expects the Seagulls to improve on their 17th place.

Montoya told The Argus: “I’m happy. I think in the matches I played, I performed to a good level.

“But I think you can always improve.

“The first season is difficult. You have to adapt to the football, the team-mates, the weather, everything.

“I am sure next season will be better on a collective level and on a personal level.

“You don’t get used to everything in one year but I look forward to being better acclimatised to the team.”

Asked for a highlight of his debut season, Montoya said: “The team-mates I have met here, all the staff and the fans.

“They are all ten out of ten. I’m very happy here, that’s the truth.”

Montoya made 24 Premier League starts last season but lost his place to skipper Bruno for the tense final stages of the campaign.

Bruno has now completed a two-week UEFA coaching course with the Irish FA, where he studied for A and B licences.

He is likely to remain with Albion in an off-field capacity next season and has suggested he will continue his coaching education.

The recently-retired skipper posted on social media: “Great two weeks in Belfast doing my coaching badges, thanks to all my mates and to the Irish FA. We’ll see each other next year.”