Leandro Trossard is demanding to depart Brighton as supervisor Roberto De Zerbi confirmed the ahead wouldn’t play towards Liverpool after criticising his behaviour.
The Belgium ahead, 28, has scored seven Premier League targets this season – together with a hat-trick at Anfield in October – to place the Seagulls in rivalry for European qualification.
But he left coaching with out permission final week having been knowledgeable he wouldn’t begin his aspect’s FA Cup third-round tie towards Middlesbrough.
After beginning Albion’s first two league video games following his return from the World Cup, Trossard was an unused substitute for the 4-1 win at Everton, earlier than his omission on the Riverside Stadium.
Speaking at his press convention to preview Brighton’s match towards Liverpool, De Zerbi confirmed the ahead, who has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham, was not into account for choice.
However, following De Zerbi’s revelation, Trossard’s agent Josy Comhair launched a hard-hitting assertion, calling on Brighton to “cooperate with a potential transfer, which is beneficial for both parties”.
In the assertion, printed by Sky Sports, Comhair mentioned: “Before Leandro left for Qatar, it was Brighton’s intention to extend his contract, this did not happen as parties did not reach an agreement. Leandro has also indicated he is ready for his next step.
“After the World Cup 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 five substitutions that took place then, he was also not among them and this is without any explanation.
“In the run-up to the match against Middlesbrough in 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 four 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 cooperates with a potential transfer, which is beneficial for both parties.”
Brighton declined to remark when contacted by the PA information company.
Earlier, De Zerbi mentioned he stays open to reconciliation with Trossard regardless of criticising his angle.
“Leandro isn’t in the list of players for tomorrow,” the Italian coach mentioned forward of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds visiting the Amex Stadium.
“The last training session before the Middlesbrough game when he understood he didn’t play, he left the session without saying anything to me. And it’s not good.
“The Monday after, I spoke with him and I explained this attitude, this behaviour, I don’t like.
“He knows very well that 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 such as Real Madrid or Barcelona, we are Brighton and we need players who work like the others who stay in Brighton.
“I don’t know what is the problem. I want to be clear, I am open with him to take a step back and listen to him but he has to understand with me, I want only players who work hard and play for the team 100 per cent.”
Brighton should not beneath imminent stress to promote as they maintain an choice to increase Trossard’s contract till 2024.
“I don’t know about the transfer market, if he wants to change teams or not,” mentioned De Zerbi. “It’s not my problem. I’m only a coach.
“I’m not thinking about the transfer market, the other teams, or other discussions. The only discussion is to play for the team and to work and to run on the pitch.
“Leo is one of the best players in this squad – I understand something about football.
“But I know also to achieve the result we have to be a group and to think for the team before ourselves. This is (one of) the first rules in my head.”