Yves Bissouma has sidestepped talk about his future – and claimed Albion have top-ten potential.

The midfielder has set sights on staying up as talk grows about interest in his services from some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

And, ahead of a meeting with his former boss Marcelo Bielsa, he has praised Seagulls head coach Graham Potter as a father figure.

Liverpool and Arsenal have both been linked with interest in Bissouma’s services.

Bissouma said: “I don’t have much to say about that because I’m at Brighton for the moment.

“I consider myself a Brighton player, so the most important thing right now, as I said, is to stay up.


“We’ll try and stay up, and God willing, we’ll see how things go next season.”

Bissouma believes Albion are under-achieving as they stand 17th, seven points clear of the drop zone with five games to go.

He added: “I think that we’ve got a very good team. I think that we can go very far.

“We deserve our place in the Premier League, we deserve to stay in the Premier League.

“I think that we deserve to be higher up in the table. I think that we deserve to be in the top ten.”

Bissouma played seven full 90 minutes under Bielsa as Lille struggled early in the 2017-18 campaign.

Potter has since trusted him with the midfield reins at Albion.

Bissouma said: “Graham is like my father.

“He’s the one who has done all that work, he’s the one who gave me confidence again.

“He kind of showed me how he wanted me to be so that I could be a part of his team.

“I tried to work on that, and now, I’m very happy to be in his team in order to help the team and do my best for the team, but I had to work on that.

“It was a bit tough at first. With time, though, they got to understand me, they saw my weaknesses.

“We’ve tried to correct them together, both on and off the pitch, and I can only be happy.”