Alexis Mac Allister has insisted he is in no rush to leave Brighton after helping Argentina win the World Cup.
Mac Allister has only just returned to Sussex after spending two weeks at home celebrating his country’s success in Qatar but now that the transfer window is open speculation about his future is likely to increase.
The 24-year-old has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea since he has boosted his stock considerably thanks to some strong World Cup performances, but in October he signed a new contract with Brighton, committing to 2025 and said he was happy on the south coast.
“I try not to read too much (speculation),” Mac Allister told Albion TV. “I always say that I am happy here, I am in no rush to leave. I feel really good, I’m really grateful to this club, my teammates and all the people who work here. I’m just focused on the next game and this club.
– It was a good World Cup for this club and for the players who went to the World Cup. We know we have a good team with really good players. It’s a tough league, it’s going to be tough, but we’ll try to finish as high as possible.
Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi previously said he believed it would be best for all concerned if Mac Allister at least finished the season with the Seagulls.
Chief executive and vice president Paul Barber has already accepted interest in the midfielder but he would not be welcome in January.
De Zerbi has personally spoken with the player and wants him to concentrate on his current club for now.
“I’m glad he wants to stay with us until the end of the season and I think it’s better for him,” the Italian told a press conference.
“For us for sure, but also for him because at this point, changing the team in January could be a problem for him. For us, but also for him.
De Zerbi has his own transfer plans having arrived at the club to replace Graham Potter in September.
However, with a trip to Goodison Park imminent, he is focused on getting back into shape after losing two of his last three matches.
“We can’t talk about the transfer market, but the club knows my ideas.”
“However, tomorrow is an important game for us and my focus is only on Everton.”
Mac Allister returned to the club’s training ground where he was happily greeted by staff and teammates.
He joined the team for his first session back, but De Zerbi has yet to decide whether to immediately throw the former Argentinos Juniors midfielder back into the Premier League.
“Psychologically, for sure, Alexis can play,” he said.
“Physically I’m not sure but we’ll see tomorrow morning.”
Brighton lost 4-2 at home to Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday, but despite the defeat, De Zerbi was not downhearted.
“We played well against Arsenal but we needed a bit of luck and we didn’t get it. They’re a great team,” he said.
“I was happy with my performance and attitude against Arsenal and I’m positive for tomorrow. We have to start the game strong.
“The table is still good for us, but we are still in development. We can still improve a lot.”