Roberto De Zerbi appears resigned to losing Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister, who have been linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool respectively.
But the Brighton boss sent a word of advice to breakout stars Kaoru Mitoma and Pervis Estpuninan to continue their stay at the Amex Stadium amid speculation over their futures at the club.
Caicedo and Mac Allister have been central cogs in Brighton’s stellar season, their latest outing seeing them dispatch Arsenal 3-0 on the Gunners’ own back yard, with European football a very real possibility.
It’s naturally led to reports about many of their players including Arsenal-linked Caicedo and Liverpool-linked Mac Allister and De Zerbi didn’t deny that the pair could be out the door in the summer.
“For sure we will lose some players, maybe Caicedo and Mac Allister,” De Zerbi told Sky Sports.
“We have to be ready to bring in more good players and for the others; Mitoma, Estupinan, I think for them the best solution is to stay with us.
“I don’t know if they are ready to play in the big teams. You have to arrive ready in the head. We can offer them the possibility to progress and to improve.”
The result leaves the Seagulls in the Europa League spots having leapfrogged Tottenham into sixth place.
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Brighton also have two games in hand on Spurs but De Zerbi is keen the players aren’t resting on their laurels as the season edges towards its climax.
“Yes I am very delighted for the performances. I think we deserved to win but then really happy, really proud because the last five days were very difficult after the defeat on Monday (against Everton),” the Italian said.
“We have 58 points and not enough to qualify for Europe.
“We have another four games, tough games, Newcastle, Southampton, City and last game Aston Villa and we have to fight to deserve to qualify because 58 points is not enough to play Thursdays next year.”