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Trossard wants Brighton exit after row with De Zerbi and ‘altercation’ with team-mate

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Leandro Trossard’s agent has released a statement saying the attacker wants to leave Brighton & Hove Albion.

It was confirmed earlier on Friday by head coach Roberto De Zerbi that the 28-year-old will not be involved in Brighton’s Premier League clash at home against Liverpool on Saturday due to concerns over his attitude.

“Leandro knows very well my opinion. The last session before Middlesbrough when he understood he wouldn’t play, he left the session without saying anything. It is not good,” De Zerbi said at a press conference.

“If he wants to play with Brighton, with me, he has to work hard. He has to run, he has to be in the right way, because we are not a big team – a Real Madrid or Barcelona or another big big team – we are Brighton and we need to play and work like the other players who play at Brighton.

“I am open with him, I am open to take a step back. If you want to play, I am open to listen to him but, he has to understand with me I only want players who work hard, who play for the team 100%.”

Tottenham Hotspur and Graham Potter’s Chelsea have both been credited with an interest in Trossard, who is out of contract at the end of the season, although the Seagulls are understood to have an option to extend his deal by a further 12 months.

In response to transfer speculation and De Zerbi’s comments regarding his attitude, Trossard’s agent Josy Comhair has released a statement confirming that the attacker is “ready for his next step” in his career.

“Before Leandro left for Qatar, it was Brighton’s intention to extend Leandro his contract , this did not happen as parties did not reach an agreement. Leandro has also indicated he is ready for his next step,” Comhair said.

“After the WC there was an altercation at training between Leandro and another player over an inanity. Since then, the trainer has not spoken to Leandro, which is obviously not conducive to the atmosphere, as well as performance-wise.

“Leandro still was a first eleven player against Southampton and Arsenal but against Everton he was on the bench. In the 5 substitutions that took place then, he was also not among them and this without any explanation.

“In the run-up to the match against Middlesbrough for the FA cup, Leandro had already reported calf problems twice. This was the reason he stopped training. This was in consultation with the medical staff.

“Through the physical trainer Leandro learned that he had to train separately. Last Monday the trainer then grounded leandro in the group and indicated that he did not want to see him anymore. A trainer who has not communicated directly with his player for 4 weeks is truly incomprehensible.

“It is also the trainer who has indicated several times that a transfer is the most reasonable solution.

“It is therefore important that Brighton cooperate THIS mercato with a potential transfer , which is beneficial for both parties.”

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