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Feyenoord signing Alireza hits out at Brighton boss Potter: Never believed in me

Feyenoord signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh has taken a swipe at Brighton manager Graham Potter.

After three years with the Seagulls, Alireza left for Rotterdam this summer. The midfielder admits he was left frustrated by how he was treated by Potter in contrast to predecessor Chris Hughton. Alireza insists he could always count on the confidence of Hughton, who signed him originally from AZ Alkmaar.

Asked why it didn't work with Potter, Alireza told De Telegraaf via Voetbalzone: "He never believed in me.

“I played really good matches, but then suddenly I was wrong again. I thought it was really weird. I often asked him what the problem was. Maybe he wanted to use me in a different position. I really wanted to try that.

"But then he said: 'You are a really good footballer and a good person, but this is my choice. I'm the manager and I make the decisions'. I had these kinds of conversations with him already in his first year."

Indeed, Alireza admits he was left frustrated with Potter's approach, insisting it was never explained to him why he wasn't playing.

He continued: "The hardest thing for me was that I had no real explanation. If he had said: 'it's this, or that', I could have done something with that. But I still don't know."

The winger also revealed even his agent went over Potter's head to find out why he wasn't being considered.

He added: “My agent Amir also spoke a few times with the club management, but they said that it is a decision of the trainer. He also never knew what the exact reason was."

Alireza moved to Feyenoord this summer, signing a deal to 2024 with the option for another year. So far this season, he has played in three Champions League qualifiers, scoring twice.

- updated August 16

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