Brighton’s World Cup winning midfielder Alexis Mac Allister expects to remain on the south coast for the foreseeable future.
Mac Allister started six of Argentina’s seven 2022 World Cup matches on his way to lifting the trophy, becoming an integral figure in the side as he provided two assists and also scored once in the tournament.
As a result, speculation has intensified that Mac Allister has been linked with a departure from Brighton, but the 24-year-old has downplayed this by saying how happy he is at the club.
Speaking on Albion TV, the club’s own YouTube channel, Mac Allister appears intent on translating his performances for his country to Brighton after returning from celebrating Argentina’s World Cup victory.
“I try not to read too much,” he said. “I always say I’m happy here, I’m in no rush to leave. I feel really good, I’m very thankful for 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. This is a tough competition, it will be difficult, but we will try. ” to finish as high as possible.”
Mac Allister joined from Argentinos Juniors in January 2019 before signing a contract extension a year ago. Indeed, his current contract expires in June 2025, with the South Coast having an option to extend his contract for another year.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are among the interested clubs, with Transfermarkt valuing him at £37 million. However, it is likely that much more money will be needed to get the Argentinian away from the Amex Stadium.
However, Chelsea is the favorite to sign, due to his connection to Graham Potter and the plethora of staff who have joined the former Brighton manager in London.
Brighton CEO Paul Barber said the club is in no hurry to sell their prized assets, such as Mac Allister and Ecuadorian Moises Caicedo.
“We didn’t offer any [player] to no one and have no plans for that,” he said The Argos. “In an ideal world, our roster, which is as good as a long time, will remain intact throughout January and we will enter the second half of the season as we are.
“The next 30 days are unpredictable and we’ll handle whatever comes in. But we’re not offering anyone to anyone.”
Mac Allister only returned to Brighton on Monday but is in contention to play in their Premier League game against Everton on Tuesday night. During his absence from the club, Brighton beat Southampton 3–1 on Boxing Day before falling 4–2 to league leaders Arsenal on New Year’s Eve.
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