Leandro Trossard insists Graham Potter’s departure to Chelsea will not derail Brighton’s season.
Brighton have appointed Roberto De Zerbi to replace Potter, who spent three years with the Seagulls before taking over from Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.
De Zerbi enjoyed success as a coach at Sassuolo in his native Italy and Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.
“It all happened quite quickly,” said Trossard, who was on international duty with Belgium this week and has yet to meet Brighton’s new boss.
“One day, we heard that Tuchel had been fired and that Graham was up there to take his place.
“For us it was a bit of a shock, but we knew maybe one day he could leave because he’s a brilliant manager.
“At first it was a bit strange, but now with the new coach we have to grow as a club and as players. I’m delighted to work with the new coach.
The 27-year-old winger has been a hit since joining Brighton from Genk in 2019, scoring 20 goals in 106 Premier League appearances.
Asked if fourth-placed Brighton could still have a good season without Potter, Trossard replied: “Yes, of course.
“It doesn’t mean that if the coach leaves, the team won’t play as well.
“It may be different with the new manager, but it’s up to him to take us forward too.”
Trossard was a second-half substitute as Belgium beat Wales 2-1 in Brussels on Thursday to keep hopes of topping their Nations League group alive.
Belgium finished third at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and many of those players – including Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois – remain key figures in Roberto Martinez’s Qatar 2022 squad.
Trossard said: “It’s a bit strange that it’s winter, but I’m delighted to be part of it and to be able to participate in my first World Cup.
“I think there are so many countries right now that have the chance to win it.
“It’s hard to choose a country and maybe we’re outside, I would say.
“If you look at Brazil, France, England, Germany, you never know in a tournament. It all depends on the moment.
“The team at that time that is in its best shape will win the World Cup.
“Hopefully everyone is fit and in top form to show off.”