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Brighton: Potter not concerned with ‘win, win, win’ Cucurella exit

Marc Cucurella at Chelsea
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The Spanish defender ended his stay at Brighton to join Chelsea.

Brighton manager Graham Potter has opened up on his side’s decision to sell Marc Cucurella to Chelsea.

The Blues signed Cucurella on a £60m deal, adding him to Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka and Gaga Slonina as their summer signings.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League opener against Manchester United, Potter spoke about Cucurella’s exit.

“We didn’t want to sell him, and we didn’t need to sell him,” the Seagulls’ boss told reporters.

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“At the same time, you understand if a Champions League club comes with Champions League resources and finance, and the player indicates there is a desire to do it, it is a very difficult for us.

“We have to make sure we get the right fee. I think the right fee has been got, and it’s another situation where everyone has won.”

The move came after a bizarre transfer saga that saw Brighton rule out Cucurella’s exit on Thursday. However, hours later, Chelsea confirmed the transfer by presenting the defender as their new player. 

Potter added: “The player has got a great opportunity, the selling club have got a good fee, and the buying club have got a good player as well.

“So win, win, win all around. Marc was a fantastic player for us, a great guy, I like him a lot. I wish him well, and we move forward as a group.”