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Mac Allister in no hurry to end Brighton stay despite big club interest after World Cup win

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 2 Jan 2023

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Alexis Mac Allister is in no rush to make an exit from Brighton and Hove Albion after his World Cup triumph, despite reported interest from multiple European heavyweights.

The Argentina midfielder earned a recall to the national team at the start of last year and proved instrumental in helping Lionel Messi and company reach the summit at Qatar 2022.

His form had already been impressive for the Seagulls this term, but his performances with La Albiceleste have seen links to several major suitors only multiply since.

But speaking after his return to the Premier League outfit following an extended post-tournament break, Mac Allister has insisted he is happy at Brighton.

“I try not to read too much [into speculation],” he told the club’s Albion TV channel. “I always say I am happy here. I don’t have any rush to leave.

“I feel really good. I’m really grateful [for] this club, my team-mates and all the people who work here. I’m just focused on the next game.”

Mac Allister’s words will come as a boost to coach Roberto De Zebri, who warned on Monday the 24-year-old could find a mid-season switch an impediment to his game.

Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Juventus are among those all linked with a move for him, though the Blues’ pursuit of Enzo Fernandez suggests they may have cooled their interest.

Mac Allister was one of eight Brighton players who headed to the World Cup, and the first Seagulls player to reach the tournament final in history.

The playmaker feels that the experience for all of the team’s international stars however will benefit them going forward into 2023, as they look to press on for a top-six finish.

“It was a good World Cup for this club and for the players who went to the World Cup,” he added.

“We know we’ve got a good team with really good players. This is a tough league, it will be hard, but we will try to finish as high as we can.”

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