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Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister is in no rush to leave the Seagulls, with the 24-year-old trying not to read too much speculation about his future.
Mac Allister’s stock has risen greatly after the midfielder played a key role in Argentina’s successful 2022 World Cup run.
He was a regular in the team alongside the likes of Lionel Messi as Argentina lifted the prestigious trophy in Qatar last month.
The midfielder played six matches, scoring one goal and creating another in the tournament, with the South Americans ultimately defeating France in the final on penalties.
Mac Allister in no rush to leave Brighton
Several high profile clubs have been linked with the Brighton man in recent weeks ahead of the beginning of the January transfer window.
That list of clubs being linked with a move for Mac Allister most recently includes Chelsea and Juventus, with Arsenal and Liverpool rumoured with a switch for the Argentine last month.
Premier League Chelsea may view themselves as the club leading the race given the fact that their boss Graham Potter used to work with Mac Allister at Brighton.
But the young midfielder says he has no plans to leave the south coast anytime soon, as reported by BBC Sport.
“I feel really good with this club and my team-mates, and everyone who works here,” said Mac Allister.
“I try not to read too much. I always say I am really happy here and I don’t have any rush to leave. I am focused on the next game with this club.”
Argentine midfielder emotional at World Cup win
The World Cup stars of the Premier League have gradually been returning to their respective clubs in recent weeks, but Mac Allister has unsurprisingly been one of the last to come home given that he went all the way in Qatar.
The South American side then enjoyed an open-top bus parade in Buenos Aires to celebrate their third World Cup success, a moment which Mac Allister will remember forever.
“It was amazing,” he said. “The people in Argentina were crazy and really happy and we enjoyed it a lot with them.
“It was mad because there were five million people in the street celebrating and we couldn’t get to the place that we wanted, but it was a really nice day with them. I think in that moment we realised what we did.
“I cannot describe with words what I felt. I just can tell you that I cried a little bit, I went into the bus because I didn’t want them to know or to see me crying. I got emotional because it was such a special moment for me.”
Mac Allister set for Brighton long-term stay
When Mac Allister did finally make it back to Brighton, he received a lengthy round of applause from his teammates and the club’s staff.
He joined the Seagulls in January 2019, signing a contract extension last year until 2025, with the option of extending it by a further year.
The midfielder has played 14 times for his club this season, scoring five goals. He has been a key player for Brighton once again this time around, with the side currently sitting 10th in the Premier League table.