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'Always': Lionel Messi tipped to be a huge fan of 23-year-old Arsenal want to sign, he can 'play everywhere'

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi says Lionel Messi knows how good World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister is.

Mac Allister and Messi just helped Argentina beat France to win their first World Cup since 1986 on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw.

The midfielder came into the first team after Argentina’s shock 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia and impressed hugely on the world stage.

He has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham ahead of the January transfer window, but Fabrizio Romano claims Brighton don’t want to sell him next month.

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De Zerbi says Messi understands Mac Allister quality

The Seagulls boss told the Athletic: “Alexis can play anywhere on the pitch. I don’t know if he’s better as a playmaker or 20 metres further forward.

“I’d like to speak to him when he comes back. I like him a lot in the other position (deeper). I spoke with his father (Carlos) the other day and he told me he prefers the Argentina position, but in that position we have (Adam) Lallana and Lallana is a teacher.

“If a team wants to become big, the quality needs to be further back. For me the midfielder can play on the defensive line, because he’s bringing more quality.

“Messi and Mac Allister speak the same (football) language and Messi understands very well the quality of Alexis.

“If you watch the game, Messi was looking for Alexis lots of times and they made a lot of passes to each other. Alexis was always giving back to Messi a clean pass.”

Mac Allister’s profile has risen after his outstanding World Cup and it will be interesting to see how he fits into Brighton’s team when he comes back.

That is also worth considering for any team who wants to sign him; whether they want him as a deeper playmaker or bursting into the box.

His energy was hugely impressive at the World Cup and it is now down to him to keep on pushing on upon his return to club action.

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