Chelsea gifted golden chance to sign Potter favourite who admits ‘I want to go’; move reliant on one condition
Chelsea target, Leandro Trossard, has delivered a come-and-get-me plea to Graham Potter, though has stressed he’ll only leave Brighton on one condition.
Graham Potter was selected as the man to lead the new project at Chelsea. The Blues’ new owners have wasted little time turfing out many elements of the old regime.
Influential figures behind the scenes such as Petr Cech, Marina Granovskaia, Bruce Buck have all been moved on.
Those closer to the players weren’t exempt either, with former boss Thomas Tuchel sacked on September 7.
47-year-old Potter was the beneficiary of that move, being drafted in from Brighton who have since turned to Roberto De Zerbi.
Potter started life at Stamford Bridge with an unconvincing 1-1 draw against RB Salzburg. However, he is widely viewed as one of the finest managers England have produced in recent times and expectations are high.
Chelsea led the way in the spending department over the summer, forking out around £254m on new signings.
Potter will hope there is money left to stamp his own mark on the team in the coming windows, and he’s already been linked with a triple raid on former club Brighton.
The Express previously reported he was eyeing up Pascal Gross, Alexis Mac Allister and Leandro Trossard. Moises Caicedo is another name regularly mentioned by other outlets.
Now, 27-year-old Trossard has broken his silence on links to Chelsea when speaking to his own country’s media.
“If the opportunity arises, I want to go.”
Trossard was interviewed by Belgian outlet Het Niuewsblad and put the ball firmly in Chelsea’s court when declaring he’d want to join Chelsea if they came calling.
The versatile attacker did label the speculation as “pointless” and is seemingly not one for transfer rumours. However, he also stated one key demand he’d make before agreeing to sign with the Blues if an offer was accepted.
“We have had a very good start with Brighton,” said Trossard.
“I have evolved enormously, I now know how Premier League works. I grew a lot in that. Confidence, mentally, physically… I have gotten better and I’ve mastered the tricks now.
“Our coach has now left for Chelsea, but speculations about me following him is pointless.
“If the opportunity arises, I want to go. But I do want to play and not sit on the [bench].”
Should Chelsea sign Trossard?
At 27, Trossard is in the prime of his career and is well known to Graham Potter.
His attacking output at the AMEX stands at 20 goals and 13 assists in 110 matches thus far. While those statistics don’t sound overly impressive, it’s important to note Trossard has not always featured high up the pitch.
Indeed, his versatility allowed Potter to feature him at wing-back on numerous occasions. He’s also capable of playing on both flanks as well as centrally as a No 10.
He has 20 Belgium caps to his name and is a shoe-in for Roberto Martinez’s World Cup squad. What’s more, talkSPORT pundit and ex-Chelsea defender, Jason Cundy, is flabbergasted Trossard hasn’t been snapped up by a bigger side yet.
When speaking about Potter in early-September, Cundy said: “I’ve seen what he’s done, I’ve seen with Trossard and Gross – I’m amazed those two players are still there.
“I thought [Manchester] United would go in for at least one of those. He gets good players and turns them into brilliant footballers.”