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Navarro has lots of options
ALBION boss Gus Poyet expects Alan Navarro to be playing in the Championship next season – whether or not it is with the Seagulls.
Navarro is out of contract after making his 33rd league appearance of the campaign as a substitute in Saturday’s closing 0-0 draw at Barnsley.
Poyet told The Argus: “I talked to Navs three or four months ago and I said to him in my honest opinion he was in a win-win situation, because he has been playing week in and week out, performing at this level.
“I am sure he is going to have a great opportunity to keep playing at this level in the Championship.
“Then it’s decisions. We have got players under contract, there are plenty of things we need to sort out.
“We are going to talk with everyone this week. We’ve already talked with three or four. We have got a list and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we are going to speak to them one-to-one.
Navarro was released a year ago but invited back for pre-season and ending up earning a one-year deal.
He said: “I have always thought that I can play in the Championship. I know everyone thinks they can play higher and I have played higher in the past.
“It’s just whether you get the luck and which manager is there at the time.
“I think I have taken my chance but we’ll see what happens now. I feel at home in teams that play football.”
David Gonzalez is also out of contract after a shut-out for the Colombian at Barnsley on his away debut helped Albion finish tenth in the table.
Poyet said: “We are going to have a chat with David. I didn’t want to talk to him before the game. He didn’t have a lot to do but everything he did he did well.
“He kicked well. It wasn’t one of the biggest or most difficult games of his life but he was good enough and I’m pleased for him, because he deserved to be in the position to keep a clean sheet.”