Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo admits he would find it impossible to turn down a move to Chelsea and says it would be a “dream” to follow Graham Potter to Stamford Bridge.
Ecuador international Caicedo had a superb start to the season, helping Brighton climb to fourth in the Premier League.
Whether the Seagulls can maintain their impressive start remains to be seen, especially after losing their highly-rated manager to Chelsea.
Caicedo loved playing under Potter and said he was “very saddened” to leave Brighton, although he acknowledges a move to Stamford Bridge is a “great opportunity”.
The 20-year-old midfielder has even suggested he could reunite with Potter at Chelsea, admitting it would be a “dream” to play for the Blues.
“Right now I’m very focused on Brighton and the World Cup. I want to have a great World Cup and then we’ll see what happens,” he told Argentine outlet Olé.
‘I think, you [Chelsea] are one of the best teams in the world and nobody would turn down an offer like this from Chelsea or any other club. It would be a dream to be in the best teams in the world and to be successful there.”
On Potter’s departure from Brighton, Caicedo added: “It has made me very sad now that he has gone to Chelsea because he has helped me a lot and I wanted to keep him as manager but that’s football.
“You never know: today you can be here and tomorrow somewhere else, that’s the job of a footballer and a coach.
“He has done a very good job in Brighton and people love him very much. I am very happy for him and for the great opportunity that has been presented to him.”
Chelsea have been linked with a move to Caicedo in recent weeks, although Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal are also said to be admirers of the Ecuadorian star.
Blues owner Todd Boehly approved a huge spending spree in his first transfer window in charge of the club, bringing the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Stamford Bridge.
But Chelsea still had a stunning start to the season, dropping points in half of their league games and losing their first Champions League game before Tuchel’s sacking.
In Potter’s first game in charge, Chelsea drew 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg.
Potter said: “We’re frustrated with just one point, but I thought the effort from the players was fantastic. They gave their all and I was very proud of how they behaved today.
“It wasn’t easy for her either. You know, a change of coach and all that entails, but their response was brilliant.
“They played really well; professional, honest, responsible. So from an effort perspective it was absolutely 100% there.’
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