Tottenham target Leandro Trossard is being pushed to leave Brighton after ‘insulting’ Roberto De Zerbi


Trossard’s relationship with coach Roberto De Zerbi has been strained and the forward appears to be training away from the team.

De Zerby said on Friday that Trossard had been sent off for Saturday’s game against Liverpool because of his “blackness”. [and] behaviour’, the Italian claimed the Belgian had left training early without permission after learning he would not win last week’s FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.

Sources close to Trossard have disputed De Zerby’s version of the story, saying he left training with a calf problem, medical staff are aware of it and the head coach has not spoken directly to Trossard for four weeks. After the World Cup, he had a little quarrel with his teammate during training.

Agent Josie Comhair said in a statement: “Last Monday, the manager humiliated Leandro in the group and told him he didn’t want to see him anymore.

“By the way, this is the manager who has repeatedly said that the transfer is the most practical solution.”

Contract talks between Trossard and Brighton over a new long-term deal broke down ahead of the World Cup, with the former Genk player suggesting he is ready for a new challenge. The club has since activated a one-year option to tie him down until the summer of 2024.

The 28-year-old, Brighton’s top scorer this season with seven goals, will join Tottenham this month.

He has started two of Brighton’s five games since the World Cup but has not featured in either of the last two games against Everton and Boro.

“He left the session without telling me,” De Zerbi said in a press conference ahead of the Liverpool game. And it’s not good. I talked to him and explained to him this behavior, this behavior, I don’t like it.

“I’m ready to step back and listen to him, but he has to understand me, I only want players who work hard and play 100 percent for the team,” added the 43-year-old, who replaced Graham. Potter as manager in September.

“I don’t know about the transfer market, whether he wants to change teams or not.”

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