Italian Opens Door To Potential Chelsea move


Roberto De Zerbi has cast doubt over his future as Brighton manager, amid links with CHELSEA FC.

We have been credited with an interest in the former Shakhtar Donetsk head coach, with Mauricio Pochettino enduring disappointing campaigns at Stamford Bridge this season.

Asked whether he could guarantee Brighton supporters that he would still be at the club next season, De Zerbi told reporters: ‘I have a different way to decide my future.

‘First of all, I want to speak with my club. I have a contract but the problem is not the contract – the problem is to find the same plan, the same target, the same vision for the future.

‘For me, I have not decided yet what is my future, because I have the contract, but anyway I want to speak with [owner] Tony [Bloom], with my club, to understand their plan, to understand his plan, the Tony plan. Then we take the decision together, without problems.

‘My relationship with my players, my fans, I think it can’t change depending on the future. What we did is history and we can’t forget it.

‘In the future I want to keep my ambition, my motivation. I live for football 24 hours a day and I want to know what is the plan, what is the project, what is the future because if I don’t feel comfortable or I don’t feel the right motivation, I can’t stay any longer.’

Asked if he will sign a new contract at the Amex Stadium, De Zerbi responded: ‘At the moment, no.

‘We spoke but we didn’t find the agreement. But the contract is a part of the future.

‘It’s important for them, it’s important for me, it’s important for everyone, but it’s a small part. The big part is the plan. We have to speak with the club. These are normal things in football.’