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Leandro Trossard has travelled overseas after being told he wouldn’t be a part of Brighton’s squad to face Liverpool within the Premier League on Saturday on the Amex Stadium. The Belgian forward, who has scored seven times in 16 top-flight outings this season for the Seagulls, is now facing an uncertain future on the South Coast after being frozen out by ruthless boss Roberto De Zerbi.

The Italian tactician was left unimpressed by the player’s attitude in training ahead of the FA Cup triumph at Championship side Middlesbrough last weekend and took motion earlier this week when he ordered Trossard to coach alone.

“Leandro isn’t on the list of players for tomorrow,” Di Zerbi confirmed during a frank press conference on Friday ahead of the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

But now in one other surprising twist, Express Sport can reveal Trossard has now left the UK after boarding a Eurotunnel shuttle in his automobile early on Friday afternoon.

Although his destination is unknown, it is known Trossard is more likely to be returning to his homeland Belgium, which could be reached in only a couple of hours from Calais.

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Brighton are thought to have taken up their option to increase Trossard’s current deal by an additional 12 months to guard the 28-year-old’s value.

Tottenham have been credited with real interest in signing the Belgian international this month as he edges closer to the exit door.

After starting the campaign like a house on fire – netting a shocking hat-trick within the 3-3 draw at Liverpool to silence Anfield – Trossard has since lost his place within the Brighton side to vigorous Japanese international winger Kaoru Mitoma.

Along with Spurs, Chelsea have also been linked with a swoop for Graham Potter’s former forward and it seems he could now be made available for transfer before the window slams shut.

Trossard is alleged to have rejected the possibility to increase his stay at Brighton, who’ve been keen to barter a latest contract with the damaging wide man.

Chatting with Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad during a world break in late September, Trossard hinted he can be open to following ex-boss Potter to Stamford Bridge – providing he would receive assurances of game time.

“Our coach did leave for Chelsea now but speculation about me following him is not sensible,” he said, outlining his conditions for a transfer. “If the chance arises, I would like to go. But I would like to play and never sit on the bench.”

Trossard’s agent Josy Comhair has since issued a strongly-worded statement, outlining their desire to pursue a transfer for his or her client this month following a series of claims against Di Zerbi.

He told the Belgian media: “Before Leandro left for Qatar, Brighton’s intention was to have Leandro sign on. This didn’t occur, because the parties didn’t come to an agreement. Leandro has also indicated that he’s ready for his next step,”

“After the World Cup, there was an altercation between Leandro and a player in training over a trivial matter. Since then, the manager not speaks to Leandro, which is clearly not conducive to the atmosphere, neither is it performance-oriented.

“Leandro still had a beginning against Southampton and Arsenal, but against Everton he was on the bench. He was also not included within the five substitutions that took place on the time, and this with none explanation.

“Within the run-up to the sport against Middlesbrough for the FA Cup, Leandro had already indicated twice that he had problems together with his calf. This was the rationale why he stopped training. This was, incidentally, in consultation with the medical staff.

“The manager told Leandro that he had to coach individually. Last Monday, the manager humiliated Leandro in group and indicated that he not desired to see him. A manager who has not communicated directly together with his player for 4 weeks is basically incomprehensible.

“Incidentally, it’s also the manager who has indicated several times that a transfer is probably the most convenient solution.

“It’s due to this fact necessary that Brighton cooperates with a possible transfer during this transfer period and shows a benevolent attitude, which is useful to each parties.”

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