Roberto De Zerbi sends Chelsea desperate transfer plea but Mauricio Pochettino stance is clear
Levi Colwill has impressed while on loan at Brighton this season, and clubs are already looking to sign the Chelsea youngster.
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Roberto De Zerbi has stated his desire to continue working with Levi Colwil at Brighton, describing the defender as a “top player.” Following his strong performances on loan at the Amex Stadium this season, the 20-year-old has piqued the curiosity of several clubs.
Colwill, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2025, has appeared 14 times for the Seagulls this season, contributing to six clean sheets. The England youth international’s impressive performances have helped Brighton qualify for the Europa League ahead of Tottenham and his parent club, Chelsea.
Football. London knows that the Blues have been impressed with Colwill’s improvement and that he will be a vital figure under Mauricio Pochettino if he is selected. However, with De Zerbi digging down on his desire to sign the youngster, the West Londoners may find it tough to keep him.
The Italian stated ahead of the Seagulls’ match against Manchester City: “I hope he can play with us again next year, but it’s his decision and Chelsea’s decision.” I’m not sure. We must be prepared to change some players, but Levi is a key player for us.”
It wasn’t the first time De Zerbi expressed his affection for Colwill. Before the Arsenal game earlier this month, the Brighton manager stated, “I would like to work with him for another two, three, four years.”It’s tough to find another center-back, particularly a left center-back, of his caliber. He’s a kind guy, and I think he’s getting better. His progress has been phenomenal this year. I’m hoping he’ll be able to stay with us.”
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Colwill is poised for a bright career at Chelsea, and Rio Ferdinand feels he is the best defender on the club’s books. “I think Levi Colwill is the best one they have at Chelsea,” the former Manchester United defender said on his FIVE YouTube channel. He outperforms Wesley Fofana, and I believe he outperforms Benoit Badiashile. Have you seen Levi Colwill’s performance for Brighton? “He has gone to Brighton, and his team is higher than Chelsea. He is playing incredibly well in that team.” Did you notice how Levi Colwill slapped the ball around [against Arsenal]? He has outperformed Wesley Fofana and Benoit Badiashile this season.”