Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi says he’s ‘ready to open the doors’ for Leandro Trossard’s return – but only if he’s willing to work with him – after Belgian star was dropped for Liverpool win due to his poor attitude
- Leandro Trossard was left out of the Brighton squad that thrashed Liverpool 3-0
- He reportedly boarded a Eurostar train after being banished due to his attitude
- Roberto De Zerbi says the winger can return if he’s willing to work with him
- The Brighton boss insists Trossard is a ‘good guy’ and important to the team
Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi has opened the door to Leandro Trossard’s return despite leaving him out of the squad that thrashed Liverpool.
Amid concerns over his attitude, Trossard was axed from the first team and he reportedly boarded a Eurostar train back to Belgium.
However, De Zerbi has revealed the 28-year-old can return to the squad if he’s willing to work with him as he emphasised the winger’s importance to Brighton.
Leandro Trossard was left out of the Brighton squad that beat Liverpool due to attitude issues
However, Roberto De Zerbi says the winger can return if he’s willing to work with him
Speaking after Saturday’s win, De Zerbi said: ‘I want to be clear about Trossard. I’m sorry for the situation. I don’t think I’ve made a mistake with him. The people inside Brighton know very well the situation.
‘I’m fine with myself and I’m ready to open the doors for him, because he’s a good guy and a very important player for us. He changes the team, but he has to understand and to work with my attitude, in my way, because I am the coach, I decide the rules inside the dressing room, only this.
‘I’m honest, I’m very clear. When I want to say something I speak inside the family and our family is the dressing room.
‘I don’t want to speak about the communication of his agent, because I don’t know him, I know only Leo. I’m ready to listen to him without a problem, because this situation is important.
The Belgian has scored 25 goals in 121 games for Brighton since signing from Gent in 2019
‘It’s not a bad situation, it’s a great situation, because if he learns, if we improve our way, we can only improve, and to achieve our dreams there is only one way.
‘To be open to improve and ready to work hard, because we are Brighton, a team of medium level in this competition, so we have to think about the team more than ourselves.’
Tottenham have a firm interest in Trossard and Brighton are aware that their rivals are monitoring his situation.
He has bagged seven goals in his last 16 Premier League outings for the club, but has seen his future on the south coast recently thrown into doubt.
Tottenham have a firm interest in Trossard and are monitoring his situation with the Seagulls
Prior to the Liverpool game, De Zerbi demonstrated his dissatisfaction in Brighton’s star attacker’s attitude, stating: ‘He [Trossard] knows very well that if he wants to play with me he has to work hard, to run, to be in the right way.
‘We are not a big team, like Real Madrid or Barcelona, we are Brighton and he has to work like the other players.
‘I don’t know what the problem is. I want to be honest. I’m open with him.’
Trossard’s deal expires at the end of the season, though the Seagulls are understood to have a an option to extend his contract by 12 months.
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