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Pascal Gross is ready for intense competition for an Albion midfield place - despite the loss of Yves Bissouma.
The German star is on board for two more years after signing a new deal.
He accepts the heat is on for starting places - and he will not always make Graham Potter’s XI.
Gross said: “That is normal. We know how much we appreciate each other, nobody gets something like a guarantee of commitment anyway, and I don’t want that either.
“If you sit outside, that sometimes has something to do with the opponent and what type of player he (Potter) needs.
“It is important that he sees me on the pitch and also outside as a support.”
Bissouma has signed for Tottenham and it remains unclear whether Albion will bring in a new midfielder although they have been speculatively linked with several.
Gross said: “It was to be expected that he would take the next step.
“He is a super central midfield player and also a great person.
“We have to absorb this collectively.”
Gross recent told Kicker magazine in Germany he would “definitely” settle right now for ninth place again next term and added: “I would welcome one or two more goals and assists myself but the important thing is the team.”
He told brightonandhovealbion.com: “When I signed (in 2017), the aim was to stay in the league, nothing else.
“This is still I believe the first aim because the league is so tough.
“You have to make sure you first get to 40 points and after you can look forwards.”
He added: “We start from zero.”