'It is down to him really' - Potter says Maupay has final decision over transfer

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Neal Maupay warm up before Brighton's recent win at Manchester United. Picture Richard Parkes
Neal Maupay warm up before Brighton's recent win at Manchester United. Picture Richard Parkes

Neal Maupay has been told the big decision over a move away from Albion is “down to him”.

Head coach Graham Potter said in his customary pre-match press conference yesterday that Maupay would be in his squad to visit West Ham tomorrow (2pm).

He also made it clear it would be the player’s choice whether he moved on.

Potter revealed Maupay had trained all week, having missed the 0-0 draw with Newcastle amid talks over a possible transfer to Nottingham Forest.

However, as of yesterday evening, Fulham had emerged as favourites to sign the 26-year-old, according to David Ornstein at The Athletic.

Everton were also believed to be keen on Maupay’s services.

Potter said Albion were not trying to “kick him out of the door” and praised his approach to an unusual week.

The Seagulls boss said: “He has been fine. Neal is an intelligent guy.

“The window is open and sometimes these things happen that there are possibilities.

“They are human beings with families and careers so you can understand his role in the team has changed a little bit over the last few games but he is still a really important person in the group.

“When I look at what he has done over the last three years for me personally, there’s not many players I can think of in my whole career that have helped me improve as much as he has so that is something I will always be grateful to him for.

“Then it is down to him really with what he wants to do, but he has been fine this week.”

Potter said Maupay had not told him what he wanted to do.

The former Brentford frontman has netted on his last two trips to the London Stadium.

Potter said: “As I understand it, Neal isn’t desperate to leave and we’re certainly not kicking him out the door.”

He told the press conference there was “no update” on Maupay’s future.

Albion visit Fulham a week on Tuesday.