Brighton give World Cup winner Mac Allister hero’s welcome with confetti cannon

Brighton & Hove Albion have given World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister a hero's welcome on his return to the club.

The Argentine midfielder returned to the Seagulls' training ground on Monday after being given extended time off for his involvement in the World Cup final on December 18. He was greeted by players and staff giving him a round of applause as he entered the club's training base, with his winners' medal around his neck.

In a video shared to Brighton's social media channels, Mac Allister can be seen embracing his team-mates as he made his way around the room.

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He is the presented with a replica World Cup trophy, with a confetti cannon set off with the Argentina colours as he lifted the trophy.

Mac Allister started all of his nation's seven matches in Qatar and scored once before providing an assist in the final against France.

His performances for both club and country this season have attracted interest from a host of top clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus. However, Brighton remain keen to keep hold of him this month, having only extended his contract in October.

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It is the Italian giants who are reportedly Mac Allister's preferred destination, with the 24-year-old's representatives having already reached out to Juventus, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Since returning from a loan spell with Boca Juniors in January 2020, Mac Allister has become a key man for Brighton and has scored five goals in 14 Premier League appearances this season.

Due to his involvement in the World Cup final, Mac Allister was not part of the squad as Brighton returned to league action on Boxing Day.

Roberto De Zerbi's side won 3-1 away to Southampton as the Premier League got back under way, before losing to league leaders Arsenal on New Year's Eve.

Tuesday's trip to Everton will likely come too soon for Mac Allister to be involved, but he could return at the weekend as Brighton visit Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup.

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