Alexis McAllister was attracting interest “before the World Cup”, says Brighton chief executive Paul Barber, with more keen eyes expected in January.
- The midfielder played alongside Messi in Qatar
- He signed a new contract with Amex only in October
- attracting interest elsewhere
WHAT HAPPENED? The 23-year-old midfielder saw his stock rise after starring in Argentina’s 2022 World Cup triumph. McAllister has played alongside Lionel Messi and Co., and while Premier League employers at the Amex Stadium are keen to sign him to a new contract, there could be tempting offers elsewhere for the classy playmaker before new terms are finalised. .
What they said: Barber said talkSPORT: “We felt that Alexis played very well all season. He grew up in the Premier League. We were confident in his abilities and his character. He’s a really calm person, a good guy off the pitch and a very, very good player.
“I think when players play well, when their profile rises, there’s always interest. There was interest before the World Cup and I’m sure there will be more. We’ve been working on a new contact before the World Cup. We’ve met Alex’s father a few times. All you can do is In situations where you have a big asset, you try and protect yourself as much as possible. We hope Alexis continues to play with us for a while.
Larger image: McAllister is only under contract at Brighton until October 2025, but that deal may no longer be enough to convince him to stay with the Seagulls.
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What are you doing? Mc Allister joined Brighton in 2019 and has made 86 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals – many of them spectacular strikes that have earned him a top-14 appearance in his country.