Brighton duo agree contract extensions and available for Manchester United clash

Brighton and Hove Albion have agreed to extend the contracts of two players until the end of the 2019-20 season

Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 2:05 pm

Ezequiel Schelotto and Beram Kayal's contracts were due to expire at the end of this month, but with the season only just restarting after the Covid-19 lockdown, they have each agreed to extend their stay with the club.

Argentinian Schelotto made his 32nd appearance of his Albion career when he started in last Saturday’s 2-1 win against Arsenal, having joined the club in 2017 from Portuguese top-flight side Sporting Lisbon.

Schelotto, 31, was an unused substitute in yesterday's 0-0 draw at Leicester.

Brighton and Hove Albion FC

Kayal,32, is yet to make an appearance for Albion this campaign, after spending time out on loan at Charlton Athletic earlier on in the season which was cut short due to injury in January.

He has not featured in the matchday squads since the restart but head coach Graham Potter said last week he is fit and ready to help the squad if called upon.

The Israeli international signed for the Seagulls in 2015 from Celtic and has gone on to make more than 100 appearances in an Albion shirt.

Technical Director Dan Ashworth said, “We have a very busy period coming up with seven games between now and July 26 so it’s important we have as many options as possible during this period.

“We are delighted that Ezequiel and Beram have extended their contracts through to the end of the season.”

Brighton are 15th in the Premier League and six points above the relegation places with seven matches remaining. Next up for Graham Potter's team are Manchester United at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday, June 30.

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