De Zerbi hopes Mac Allister stays with Brighton: ´Changing team could be a problem for him´

    Alexis Mac Allister has been warned against the January move by Brighton & Hove Albion boss Roberto De Zerbi.

    Mac Allister received praise for a string of spirited performances for Argentina in Qatar, starting six of Albiceleste’s seven matches as they won the World Cup for the third time.

    Although he signed a new three-year contract with Brighton in October, Mac Allister has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest teams, with Juventus, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea credited with being interested in the 24-year-old.

    On Monday, McAllister returned to Brighton for the first time since the tournament and told Sky Sports he was “in no hurry” to move elsewhere.

    De Zerby welcomed these comments as he insisted that AMEX Stadium was the best place to continue developing Mac Allister.

    “An hour ago I talked to him about playing better. If he wants to stay, we will be happy. It’s better for him and for us,” De Zerby said as he announced Tuesday’s trip to Everton.

    “At the moment, changing teams can be a problem for him.

    “We are happy for him. Now he is a very important player for us. It’s better to play with him than without him.”

    Mac Allister scored twice as Brighton won 3-2 at Goodison Park last January, but De Zerby will be late before making his decision this time around.

    Asked if McAllister was ready to start, De Zerby said: “In my mind, yes. Physically, I don’t know. we will decide [on Tuesday]”.

    Brighton were defeated 4-2 in a thrilling clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday, with De Zerby left to mourn his lack of luck.

    “We are disappointed with the result. We played well,” he said. “To get a good result against a big team, you need a little bit of luck. We’re out of luck.

    “We had chances to open the game, but Arsenal are a great team. We may lose the game, but we are disappointed with the way we lost the game, not only because of the result, but because of how.”

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