Leandro Trossard has hinted he will consider a future Brighton departure but insists he wants to build on a promising start under Roberto De Zerbi.
The Belgian has once again been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs after a fine hat-trick earned Brighton a point against Liverpool at the Premier League weekend.
The 27-year-old’s budding reputation was further boosted by a star turn, with Chelsea, now under manager Graham Potter, among those considering a move to striker.
Trossard, however, is happy with the south coast and wants to build on an encouraging start under De Zerbi.
“It’s hard to say anything about that now, it depends entirely on which club would come,” Trossard told BBC Radio Five Live of the transfer speculation.
“If I feel good and things are going well on a private level… but I also know how good I am at Brighton, also with new manager Roberto De Zerbi, it looks promising.
“I’m a bit higher up the pitch now, which gives me more chances to score a goal. And the more chances you get, the more you can score. I think that’s the biggest difference from the last few years.
Trossard scored eight times in the league last season, his best tally since joining Brighton in 2019, but already has five goals in the first two months of this campaign.
It was a period that brought significant changes to the Amex Stadium, with Potter leaving for Chelsea just a few games into the season.
Former Shakhtar Donetsk manager De Zerbi has been installed as Potter’s replacement, and Trossard has so far been impressed with his new manager.
“After Graham left it was a little weird. Obviously it happened quite quickly – one day we found out he was up there and the same day, or maybe the next day, it has been confirmed,” Trossard explained.
“We had a good period under him and developed well as a team. We didn’t know what was going to happen in the next few months with the new manager, but we can already see how he wants to play, and last week he trained a lot on the practical aspects.
“[De Zerbi] wants us to play a lot from the back in a special way. I think we have some exciting times ahead with him.
“He loves playing in rondos with us. He’s pretty good, to be fair.
“He is much more present, I would say; it’s more active, in some way that I can’t really explain.
“He’s always there screaming – not in a bad way, but you just notice his presence all the time. He’s so passionate about football and tries to get to know us and help us out on the pitch.
Brighton host Tottenham on Saturday night in the Italian’s second game in charge.