Brighton boss Graham Potter insists he is not worried about losing Lewis Dunk to Chelsea after the defender was linked with a move away from the club.
The Blues are understood to be keen on tying up a deal for the England international this month.
Dunk is expected to cost around £50m, having been a key part of Brighton’s impressive two-and-a-half seasons in the Premier League.
And he has continued in the same vein this term after being given the captain’s armband, helping the Seagulls keep a better defensive record than the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal, and only slightly worse than Chelsea themselves.
However, while Potter refused to rule out selling Dunk this month, he certainly didn’t seem to be too concerned that he would lose his man.
“He signed a long term contract (July 2018). We are quite relaxed about the situation,” Potter said this week.
“I have really enjoyed working with Lewis as a footballer and as a person. He is really important for us and we are really happy that he is with us.
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“January is always a little bit different to every other month if we are being honest. There is always a lot going on, a lot of talk from you guys (media) questions and interest.
“The window is open so there is more things going on in that regard but that is normal we know that is the case. When the window is open there is always more talk other than the football.”
Dunk will be in action this afternoon when Brighton host relegation battlers Aston Villa at the AMEX Stadium.