Moises Caicedo is a ‘big boy’ and Brighton players are ‘sticking with him’ despite public calls to leave the club amid Arsenal links
Moises Caicedo is a “big boy” despite all the drama surrounding his future at Brighton, insists team-mate Lewis Dunk.
The 21-year-old midfielder has taken the bold step of publicly revealing his desire to leave the club amid links with a move to Arsenal.
Arsenal looked to sign the Ecuador international in the final days of the January window but Brighton rejected all approaches for their player.
Caicedo was banned from training with the club after making the statement and played no part in their FA Cup win over Liverpool on January 30.
With the window closed, Caicedo returned to the fold for their Premier League win at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.
In what could be seen as a surprise turn of events, Caicedo was greeted as a hero by the Brighton faithful when he came on as a 57th-minute substitute at the Amex Stadium.
Dunk suggested Brighton fans were right to welcome Caicedo back, and suggested there were no hard feelings among Seagulls players, but admitted there was still uncertainty over in the future of his teammate.
The Seagulls captain told talkSPORT: “Obviously it was a difficult situation for him and these things happen in football. It’s not the first and it won’t be the last time that players from a football club have what’s going on above their head.
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“He is a young boy and we are staying with him. He’s a big boy and obviously a fantastic player.
“Who knows how long we will have him and we are grateful to have him at least for the rest of the season and hopefully longer.
“I think it’s a massive statement from the club, holding on. Obviously we’ve sold players over the years to bigger clubs, but I think it’s a great statement to show that we want the keep and I rightly think.