New Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi has Pep Guardiola’s seal of approval (Picture: Getty)
De Zerbi was formally appointed Brighton head coach on Sunday, signing a four-year contract on the Amex.
On Tuesday, in his first press convention as Seagulls boss, Italian De Zerbi spoke primarily by means of a translator, although opened with a brief assertion in English.
‘I’m sorry for my English, my objective is to begin to converse English by January,’ he stated.
‘I’m very glad to be right here, I’m very glad to be the brand new head coach, and I wish to say thanks to the chairman and the membership. I’ve studied each single participant, and I’ll do an excellent job.
‘Brighton strongly wished me as a coach, and their fashion of play is similar to my thought of soccer. We met one another straight after we had began to speak. In fact, different groups had been inquisitive about me, however I’m delighted to be right here.’
De Zerbi replaces Graham Potter who has joined Chelsea (Picture: Getty)
That is De Zerbi’s first expertise of English soccer, having beforehand managed Benevento and Sassuolo in his native Italy, earlier than a brief spell in control of Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk final season.
And the 43-year-old stated that it was none aside from Guardiola who persuaded him to develop into a Premier League supervisor, including: ‘I spoke to Pep on Sunday night, sure. He’s very glad that I’m on board right here.
‘He informed me excellent issues concerning the membership, and if I would like, he will likely be very glad to assist me – however in fact not within the match we’re enjoying in opposition to them!’
De Zerbi additionally spoke of the agony of getting to depart Shakhtar early, doing so in July as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
‘In fact, I used to be not anticipating every little thing to complete in February, and naturally it was dangerous not solely because of the conflict however having to depart one thing going very nicely.
‘What I can do is hold working with the identical ardour. In fact, I’ve in me these experiences but additionally feeling for the Ukrainian individuals and the gamers I skilled.’
De Zerbi will make his Brighton debut in opposition to Liverpool at Anfield on 1st October.
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