Knockaert reveals battle with depression

Brighton & Hove Albion star Anthony Knockaert has revealed he battled with depression last season.The 26-year-old who starred in the Sky Bet Championship during the 2016-17 season to help the Seagulls secure promotion to the Premier League admitted he went through depression after undergoing a divorce months after losing his father.The French-born winger admitted there were times during last season’s campaign when he was not focused on the game.Speaking to BBC Sussex, Knockaert said:“I went through depression last season, which people obviously didn’t know about. It was really tough and mentally impossible for me to go and perform on the pitch.“I went through a divorce last year during the pre-season, so it was really tough to take, especially after my dad [passing away].”Pep Guardiola is convinced Manchester City will improve Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – May 12, 2019 Ahead of the crucial end of the season for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is convinced his squad will improve even more next season.It appears…“I wasn’t able to do what I should have been doing on the pitch. The club helped me and now I’m ready to talk about it. I’m happy again and everything is going well in my life. It’s important in my eyes to leave this message, to help other people who are going through something like this.”“It’s not something to be ashamed of, you have to talk to someone because you never know what can happen in your life.”“One day you can be successful and another day you can become no one. Life can turn like this. That’s what happened to me and I just didn’t see it coming. It was important for me to give this message – you shouldn’t be ashamed to go and speak to someone.”“At times on the pitch I was not even focused or thinking about the game – I was trying to not show it to people and keep it to myself.”“Now I am back happy and I think you can see it on the pitch again.”