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Ahead of Brighton’s clash with Watford this weekend, Graham Potter was questioned around the speculation surrounding their star man in Yves Bissouma.

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The inform man for Brighton right now has brought attracted much attention surrounding his future due to his fine first half to the season, following on from a fine season during the 20/21 campaign. Potter claims “Yves is really enjoying his football with us”, which will delight Brighton fans in a sense they’d hope that the midfielder would want to stay on with the Seagulls especially due to his importance within the team. There’s no doubt many clubs who posses the potential deciding factor of playing European football has shown an interest in the Malian midfielder which Potter acknowledges Brighton are not one of those. “It’s very difficult, because it not only hampers the relationship you have with the player, it also damages your whole structure, we’re clearly not a Champions League structured team.” This being said Brighton fans can relax for now as they’ve managed to keep hold of their star man through the January transfer window but as the season comes to an end there will be no doubt the speculation will crank up an extra notch.

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Whilst on the subject of European football Potter was then reminded of his clubs position in the league in which they are all not that far away from a potential dream. Potter is a very level headed manager in which he played it down reiterating their is still plenty of the season to go, “We’ve done quite well in terms of our points accumulation so far, we’ve got 30”. His main focus is now on their Premier League tie against Watford, a team who are looking to claw themselves out of the bottom three, “our focus is on a very tough game against Watford who are fighting for their lives, who will be desperate for the points”.

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