Moises Caicedo: Brighton intend to stay despite Chelsea’s desire

Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi says he intends to keep midfielder Moises Caicedo in his team next season despite Chelsea’s interest.

Caicedo is a long-term transfer target for Chelsea, and a £70 million approach was rejected this week.

A number of clubs have expressed interest in the 21-year-old Ecuadorian, with Arsenal also attempting to recruit him in January.

“At the moment, Moises is a Brighton player,” said De Zerbi.

“I spoke with [club owner] Tony Bloom and he told me if the conditions don’t change, Moises stays with us,” De Zerbi said in the United States, where his squad is competing in the Premier League Summer Series alongside five other English clubs, including Chelsea.

“It should be great news for me because finding another player like Moises is difficult.” If Moises leaves, we must find another player of the same caliber because we deserve to play with the same [quality] the following season.

“We deserve to play in the Europa League and want to compete at our best.”

After finishing sixth in the Premier League previous season, Brighton qualified for European competition.

According to reports, after Caicedo’s contract was extended in February, De Zerbi and the player verbally agreed that he may leave the Seagulls during the summer transfer window.

“That is not correct. I am a coach, not an owner or a sports director. “I’m just a coach,” De Zerbi explained.

“In my job, I am used to speaking with my players every day, about anything and everything, not just football.” But I didn’t say it for nothing.

“We didn’t talk about the next transfer window, and he’s just another player to me.”

“OK, we’re Brighton, and I understand why we need to offload any player at the end of the season.”

“However, I have yet to receive word that Caicedo will be able to leave tomorrow or within the next week.” “I’m going to start the next season with Caicedo in the first 11.”

Transfer swap could be used to resolve Futures on Caicedo and Colwill
Chelsea defender Last season, Levi Colwill was on loan at Brighton and helped the club qualify for the Europa League.

Brighton are anxious to get the 20-year-old back on a permanent basis, with Colwill excelling since the end of the domestic season.

The center-back was a member of England’s Under-21 team that won the European Championships without allowing a goal.

“I am very proud of Levi because he demonstrated his talent with the national team, and I am very happy for him.” “I like him, but he’s not our player,” De Zerbi explained.

“I don’t know,” he said when asked about potential solutions for both clubs. There are two inquiries. Not only about Caicedo, but also about Colwill, and perhaps [a trade] is possible.”

On Saturday, Chelsea and Brighton will face off in the first game of the Summer Series.

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