Brighton duo Ezequiel Schelotto and Beram Kayal could be given short-term contract extensions to keep them at the club until the end of the season.
Both players are out of contract this summer but Seagulls manager Graham Potter has hinted that they could extend their stay at the Amex Stadium to see them through to the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign.
When addressing the matter of possible contract extensions for the pair, Potter told Brighton & Hove Independent: “That is something we are speaking about at the moment. The indication is that they want to stay and be part of what we are doing and finish off the season and then take further decisions at the end. Nothing to worry about.”
Schelotto has recently been linked with a return to Serie A, with Tuttomercatoweb reporting that Genoa are interested in signing the 31-year-old.
The Italian right-back has rarely featured for Brighton this season, making just three Premier League starts and eight appearances in all competitions as Potter has instead favoured Martin Montoya in that position. Transfer speculation from 90min.com linking James Tavernier with a move to the Seagulls raises further doubt about Schelotto’s future at the Amex Stadium.
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However, he has at least seen more Brighton game-time this term than Kayal, who was loaned out to Charlton for the first half of the campaign and has not played since returning to his parent club in January, having undergone minor surgery on a groin injury.
The Israeli midfielder had only managed six appearances during his spell with the Addicks and seemingly has little chance of nudging ahead of Davy Propper, Dale Stephens and Aaron Mooy in the midfield pecking order.
However, they are both experienced campaigners with more than 200 career appearances to their name, and that longevity could be vital for the relegation-threatened Seagulls to have in the dressing room as they bid to retain their Premier League status.
Even if the pair are handed short-term extensions and only play a small part in keeping Brighton up, it will have proven to be a smart decision by the club – assuming they are given the chance to contribute.
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