Poyet hopes to keep Vicente
Gus Poyet believes there is a '50-50' chance of Brighton & Hove Albion being able to keep hold of winger Vicente for next season.
Last Updated: 12/03/12 9:45am
Gus Poyet believes there is a '50-50' chance of Brighton & Hove Albion being able to keep hold of Spanish winger Vicente for next season.
Vicente joined the Seagulls during the early weeks of the campaign following his departure from Valencia, but his time with the Championship club has been hampered by injury.
The 30-year-old has been restricted to just nine appearances for Brighton, but came off the bench to score both goals in Saturday's 2-0 win over Portsmouth.
Prior to joining Brighton, the likes of Everton and Sunderland were linked with an interest and Poyet believes Vicente is still capable of playing in the Premier League.
However, Poyet hopes to keep the wide-man and is keen to ensure Vicente plays a full part in the rest of the season as Brighton push for a play-off spot.
"I feel Vicente has the quality to do it in the Premier League," said Poyet.
"He has a one-year option on his contract and at the moment there is a 50-50 chance of him being here next season.
"It has been frustrating for him. He came here to play football. He had options to go to bigger clubs and earn more money but he chose us because he was convinced it was the right place to play football.
"Let's hope we have him now from the next game to the end of the season."