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Zamora rejects Champions League football for Brighton comeback

Former Tottenham and QPR striker Bobby Zamora has revealed that he turned down Champions League football to make a return to Championship club Brighton.

The 34-year-old striker signed a one-year contract with the Seagulls, for whom he scored 83 goals between 2000 and 2003, despite having the opportunity to join an unnamed club abroad.

"I had an offer from a Champions League team and a team that win their league pretty much every year, but this was the only place I really wanted to be," he said.

Now he is looking forward to making his second Seagulls debut in Saturday's season opener at home against Nottingham Forest.

"I'm sure it will be a great feeling," the ex-West Ham United and Fulham forward added.

"My time here was unbelievable and I want to give something back if I can. When I left I said that I'd like to come back one day and it seems like the right time. If I hadn't I think I would have regretted it."

Vyom Chaudhary
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