Open Links in New Tab - DISABLE

Hello, I have read many forum posts on this issue. To describe it, when using brave browser, links open in a new tab. I prefer that not to happen, but instead stay in the original tab. I found that going here - https://search.brave.com/settings - and turning off open links in tab is an option. The issue is not that this was always turned off and it is still happening.

Any advice would be great. Thanks