Brighton and Hove Albion supporters should really not “criticise” Moises Caicedo for inquiring for a transfer, says manager Roberto de Zerbi.
The Seagulls rejected two bids from Arsenal for the Ecuador midfielder, 21, the second well worth about £70m.
He advised Brighton he required a shift in an open letter but the club responded by telling him to stay away from teaching until eventually following the transfer deadline.
“I want them [the fans] to assist him,” stated De Zerbi.
“I don’t want them to criticise him. I really like Moises, the persons who do the job inside Brighton enjoy Moises, he is a excellent man. I am really joyful he stays with us till the close of the season.”
Caicedo has built 30 appearances and scored two goals given that joining Brighton in February 2021 from Independiente del Valle for £4m.
With the transfer window shut until eventually the summer he is poised to return to De Zerbi’s squad when they host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, possessing been left out of very last weekend’s FA Cup acquire towards Liverpool.
“I you should not know if he made a slip-up or not but the transfer market is closed and the supporters will have to comply with me because I choose accountability for him,” added the former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk boss.
“If I say anything so crystal clear about Moises, they [the fans] have to believe that in me. The other gamers adore and respect him.
“They comprehended the situation, because every person in football is aware this situation can transpire. If there just isn’t a dilemma with me, then there is just not a dilemma for anybody.”