David Stockdale rejects Brighton contract offer- Sky sources | Football News
By Michael Cantillon
Last Updated: 19/05/17 8:31pm
Goalkeeper David Stockdale has rejected the offer of a new contract from Brighton, according to Sky sources.
The 31-year-old’s current three-year deal with the club is about to expire this summer, after which he will become a free agent.
Stockdale signed for the Seagulls from Fulham in 2014 and has been instrumental in their promotion campaign this term, earning a place in the PFA and EFL Championship teams of the year.
The stopper made 45 appearances as Brighton secured their first promotion to the Premier League, finishing second in the Championship.
No goalkeeper across the top tiers of English football kept more league clean sheets (20) in 2016/17 than Stockdale.
The Leeds-born man has been linked with a return to his boyhood side and to Chelsea in recent months, and when asked about his future last week, he admitted: “It’s up in the air”.
The news will come as a major blow to Brighton boss Chris Hughton’s plans to build ahead of next season.
Brighton were not willing to comment when contacted by Sky Sports News HQ.