The agent of Leandro Trossard has claimed that Roberto De Zerbi “humiliated” him in front of the rest of the Brighton squad as he looks for a move away.
Trossard enjoyed a brilliant start to this campaign for Brighton as he has grabbed seven goals and two assists in 16 Premier League games.
He was part of Belgium’s squad at the World Cup and he has clearly had his head turned as he is looking for a transfer elsewhere.
In the process, he has butted heads with De Zerbi, who replaced Graham Potter earlier this season.
Trossard was an unused substitute for their Premier League game against Everton last week. He was then not in Brighton’s squad for their FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.
Trossard’s agent – Josy Comhair – appears to have played his part in this breakdown in communications.
Earlier this week, Ben Jacobs revealed that he has approached Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, Newcastle United and Tottenham about signing Trossard.
The journalist also stated that Liverpool and Man Utd “dismissed” the transfer after “they got irritated by how much was being leaked about interest in his client.”
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are now understood to be the main clubs in the running to sign Trossard this month.
After De Zerbi hit out at Trossard during his press conference on Friday, Comhair offered their side of the story a couple of hours later.
“Before Leandro left for Qatar, Brighton’s intention was to have Leandro sign on. This did not happen, as the parties did not come to an agreement. Leandro has also indicated that he is ready for his next step,” Comhair said.
“After the World Cup, there was an altercation between Leandro and a player in training over a trivial matter. Since them, the manager no longer speaks to Leandro, which is obviously not conducive to the atmosphere, nor is it performance-orientated.
“Leandro still had a starting place against Southampton and Arsenal, but against Everton he was on the bench. He was also not included in the five substitutions that took place at the time, and this without any explanation.
“In the run-up to the game against Middlesbrough for the FA Cup, Leandro had already indicated twice that he had problems with his calf. This was the reason why he stopped training. This was, incidentally, in consultation with the medical staff.
“The manager told Leandro that he had to train separately. Last Monday, the manager humiliated Leandro in group and indicated that he no longer wanted to see him. A manager who has not communicated directly with his player for four weeks is really incomprehensible. Incidentally, it is also the manager who has indicated several times that a transfer is the most convenient solution.
“It is therefore important that Brighton cooperates with a transfer during this transfer period and shows a benevolent attitude, which is beneficial to both parties.”
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