Moises Caicedo made a ‘mistake’ asking to leave Brighton, manager Roberto de Zerbi has claimed.
The 21-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder told Brighton in an open letter that he wanted a transfer after offers from Arsenal and Chelsea.
Caicedo was told by the club to take leave until Tuesday’s transfer deadline, meaning he was out of Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Liverpool.
“We hope he stays with us until the end of the season,” de Zerbi told ITV.
Caicedo has made 26 appearances for Brighton in the Premier League, scoring twice, and is under contract until 2025.
The Seagulls have turned down a £60million offer from league leaders Arsenal for him, and are also said to have rejected an earlier offer of £55million by Chelsea.
“In life you can make mistakes,” de Zerbi said ahead of his side’s meeting with Liverpool.
“For everyone there are many solutions. We will see the best solution for him and for us.”
Brighton are sixth in the Premier League, five points behind fifth-placed Tottenham, but two games clear of Antonio Conte’s side.