De Zerbi reveals Man City boss Guardiola encouraged him to accept Brighton job

Robert de Zerbi has revealed how Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola urged him to take the Brighton job.

Former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk manager De Zerbi is now in charge of the Seagulls, replacing Graham Potter on a four-year deal.

“I spoke to Pep on Sunday evening, yes. He’s very happy that I’m on board here,” the Italian said.

“He told me very good things about the club, and if I need he will be very happy to help me – but of course not in the match we are playing against them!”

On accepting the Brighton gig, de Zerbi added: “Brighton strongly wanted me as a coach, and their style of play is very similar to my idea of football.

“We met each other straight after we had started to talk. Of course, other teams were interested in me but I’m delighted to be here.”