Date:21st October 2022 at 3:00am
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Brighton talisman Leandro Trossard claims it is “very difficult to answer” the Chelsea rumours that have continued to circle him ever since his former boss’ appointment at Stamford Bridge.

What’s the word?

That is according to Fabrizio Romano, who has relayed the rather coy message from Trossard via Twitter.

Taking to his personal page, Romano said: “‘It’s very difficult to answer that [Chelsea rumours]. So that will have to wait until after the World Cup’, Leandro Trossard said when asked about Chelsea.”

“Important: Trossard deal with Brighton expires in 2023, but #BHAFC have an option to extend contract until 2024.”

Unconvincingly coy

In Trossard’s admission, you can tell that he is trying to be respectful to his current club.

Though, it’s the utterance on his links to Chelsea, when he said they will “have to wait until after the World Cup”, which causes come excitement and leaves a subtle hint to the likes of Todd Boehly and co.

Being one of Brighton’s brightest stars, the links to his former manager were always going to occur – especially when you bear in mind his stellar start to this year’s campaign, and potentially seamless integration among Potter’s side, due to his three-year understanding of the 47-year-old’s tactical approach.

In those three seasons, at Brighton, Trossard has been a regular contributor for Brighton averaging around ten attacking returns a season, in a portion split almost equally between goals and assists during that time.

This season, though, the £43k-per-week gem’s goal returns have exponentially risen, with the Belgian international now just three goals away from equalling his tally of eight last term.

Six attacking returns in the form of five goals and one assist across his first ten Premier League games has been enough to launch his name into Chelsea contention this season, with the star not shutting the rumours down, but rather saving them for an appropriate time.