Brighton on collision course with Chelsea over loanee Levi Colwill

May 13th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Brighton may be on a collision course with Chelsea as the south coast club’s manager Roberto De Zerbi wants to keep the Blues loanee Levi Colwill for up to four more years.

The defender has impressed on the south coast, having joined last summer, and Brighton are keen to extend their agreement with both the player and Chelsea.

The Blues, however, rate Colwill very highly and incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino will be allowed to decide on Colwill’s future once his appointment has been confirmed. Pochettino has a very successful history of working with young players.

Even reports from Stamford Bridge suggest Chelsea fans are desperate to see the youngster donning the club’s colours next season after the one-season stint at Brighton.

Colwill currently faces competition from the likes of Wesley Fofana, Benoit Badiashile, Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly at Chelsea, though the latter two face uncertain futures.

When asked about Colwill’s long-term future at Brighton, De Zerbi told reporters on Friday: “I would like to work with him for another two, three, four years.

“It’s difficult to find a another centre-back, left centre-back, with his quality.

“He’s a good guy, I think he’s improving a lot. This year his improvement has been fantastic. I hope he can stay with us.”

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