‘With some regret’ – Brighton confirm surprise double exit as a De Zerbi favourite departs
Undav has joined Bundesliga side Stuttgart on loan for the 2023/24 season, while Connolly has left for Hull City on permanent basis.
On Undav, head coach Roberto De Zerbi said, “It is with some regret we decided to let Deniz go and play. Last year he was crucial for us in achieving our goals, but he deserves that chance.
“We wish him well for the season with Stuttgart and we look forward to welcoming him back at the end of the season.”
Technical director David Weir said, “Deniz is at a stage in his career where he wants to play every week and we respect that. He is a popular guy in the dressing room and did really well at the end of last season, but this is a good opportunity for him to get his first taste of top-flight football in his homeland.
“We will be monitoring him closely throughout the year and wish him the best of luck with Stuttgart.”
The 27-year-old joined Albion in January 2022 from Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, heading back to the Belgian side for the remainder of that season on loan, where he finished as the league’s top scorer and helped Union to a second-place finish. Deniz made 30 appearances in all competitions for us last season, scoring eight goals.
Meanwhile, Connolly has completed a permanent move to Hull City. The Republic of Ireland international joined Brighton in 2016, going onto make his first team debut in August 2017.
Technical director David Weir said, “Aaron has spent the last few seasons out on loan, but with Hull he settled well. He knows Liam Rosenior from their time here together, and Liam is the ideal person to get the best out of Aaron. We wish Aaron the very best for the future.”
The 23-year-old had a dream start to his league career, netting a brace against Tottenham Hotspur in his first full Premier League start. Aaron went on to make 52 appearances in all competitions for Albion, scoring eight goals.