De Zerbi says he doesn't like Trossard's attitude and has dropped him
‘I don’t like this attitude’: Roberto De Zerbi confirms Leandro Trossard WON’T play in Brighton’s clash with Liverpool… as he tells the winger to ‘work hard, run and be in the right way’ to come back into contention
- Roberto De Zerbi has dropped Leandro Trossard due to an attitude problem
- The Brighton boss revealed the Belgian star would not feature against Liverpool
- De Zerbi explained how Trossard left a training session without his permission
- He also insisted the forward has plenty of work to do to resolve the situation
Brighton forward Leondro Trossard won’t be a part of their matchday squad for Saturday’s clash with Liverpool due to an attitude problem, according to Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi.
Sportsmail previously reported the Belgium international is understood to have trained away from the first-team in recent days, though he has been carrying a slight calf injury.
Sources indicated that Trossard’s lack of involvement in training was a decision taken by manager De Zerbi amid concerns over the forward’s attitude. Brighton refused to comment when contacted by Sportsmail on Thursday.
Roberto De Zerbi has explained he doesn’t like Leandro Trossard’s attitude at the moment
However, when speaking in his pre-match press conference, De Zerbi confirmed the rumours and revealed Trossard wouldn’t be in the squad for Saturday’s game at the Amex Stadium.
Explaining the decision, he said: ‘Leandro isn’t on the list of players for tomorrow.
‘Leandro knows very well my opinion. The last session before the Middlesbrough game, when he understood he wasn’t playing, he left the session without telling me anything.
‘That isn’t good. On Monday I spoke with him and explained I don’t like this attitude.’
The Italian added that Trossard must improve his attitude if he is to find a way back into Brighton’s plans.
The Brighton boss revealed he has dropped the forward for Saturday’s clash with Liverpool
He added: ‘He knows very well that if he wants to play with me he has to work hard, to run, to be in the right way.
‘We are not a big team, like Real Madrid or Barcelona, we are Brighton and he has to work like the other players.
‘I don’t know what the problem is. I want to be honest. I’m open with him.’
De Zerbi’s comments put Trossard’s future at the club in serious doubt, meaning it is looking increasingly likely that the Belgian will leave the club either this month or in the summer.
Tottenham have a firm interest in Trossard and Brighton are aware of that their rivals are monitoring his situation.
Tottenham have a firm interest in Trossard and are monitoring his situation with the Seagulls
The Belgian has scored 25 goals in 121 games for Brighton since singing from Gent in 2019
His deal expires at the end of the season, though the Seagulls are understood to have a an option to extend the forward’s contract by 12 months.
The Belgian was also omitted from Brighton’s squad that beat Middlesbrough 5-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday, though De Zerbi insisted his absence was down to injury.
Since joining Brighton in 2019 from Genk, Trossard has scored 25 goals made 14 assists in 121 appearances for the club.
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