Leandro Trossard has chosen Albion to launch his career in the Premier League - because he does not want to be warming the bench.

Arsenal had been linked with the Genk winger and skipper for months.

Aston Villa and other clubs across Europe also showed interest, but Trossard believes the Seagulls are the perfect fit after talks with new head coach Graham Potter and completing his move yesterday.

Trossard told The Argus: "That's why I have also chosen Brighton. I have spoken to the coach, I know the project. I just want to play now.

"It's not the moment to go somewhere and sit on the bench for 40 games and only play five games.

"The plan for me is a lot of minutes."

Trossard initially had talks with Potter while on international duty with Eden Hazard and the rest of the Belgian squad.

He said: "It was a really good chat. He wants to play more attractive football, attacking, and he said I could be a big part of it.

"Then I saw the facilities. They are great. I think it will only help me develop as a player."

The 5ft 8ins Trossard, 24, has been touted in Belgium as the next Hazard after firing Genk to the domestic title with 14 goals.

"Eden has already proven a lot for Chelsea in the Premier League," he said. "That is why he has transferred to Real Madrid now. I am myself, I have my own style.

"It's nice to hear things like this but it's difficult to compare me with Eden. He is a top star player, I am just beginning now and I have to prove myself in the Premier League."