Brighton manager Chris Hughton warns potential claimants that Shane Duffy is not cheap
- Defender Shane Duffy recently signed a new five-year deal with Brighton
- Brighton boss Chris Hughton believes the 26-year-old will continue to improve
- Hughton has warned potential applicants that Duffy will not be cheap
- On Saturday, Duffy returns to Everton, where he began his professional career
Declan Warrington, Sports Press Association
Chris Hughton has warned potential claimants that it will cost a significant amount of money to lift Shane Duffy from Brighton.
He believes that the club has not only saved an asset when he recently convinced the Irish international to sign a new five-year contract that will oblige him to Brighton by 2023, but that the 26-year-old will continue to improve.
Duffy's central defense partner, Lewis Dunk, has made the same commitment, and the pair was influential when Brighton won three consecutive 1-0 wins over Wolves, Newcastle and West Ham.
Shane Duffy has impressed Brighton with Lewis Dunk in the heart of the defense
On Saturday, Duffy returns to Everton, where he began his professional career.
Hughton, who is rewarded for his team's good form for the October Manager of the Month, sees Duffy as a key target for Brighton's goal of establishing Brighton as a consistent Premier League team.
When he came out of Blackburn two years ago, he cost only £ 4 million, and Hughton said, "Any interest in the players who play very, very well would bring a bonus.
"I do not know if this scares some teams, but (Duffy's) a player who is really good for us, and I still think that more will come from him.
"They want to buy players and look at individual players, and of course the price goes up for everyone, and that would be the same for us.
Chris Hughton believes 26-year-old defender Duffy is "more coming"
"As a club you have to protect yourself, and firstly, he (his new contract) has earned an asset for the performances he has made. & # 39;
Despite Hughton's optimism about her encouraging form and broader assessment of his team's development, he believes that survival remains Brighton's priority.
On Saturday at Goodison Park they will be able to do without the injured Pascal Gross and Davy Propper, and the 59-year-old coach said: "As fast as we have a good period of play, things can go the other way, so still over those 40 points -Brand.
It must be. Even though it was 38 years old last season and possibly in the eyes of people that the 40 goal is starting to decline, I will not change – this is our second season (in the Premier League). "