Chelsea do NOT have Tariq Lamptey transfer buy-back clause as part of £4m deal as fans demand him back from Brighton
CHELSEA do not have the option to buy back youngster Tariq Lamptey after Blues fans revelled in his performance on Monday.
Frank Lampard sold the 19-year-old to the Seagulls for £4million in January as he approached the final six months of his contract.
He only featured three times for Chelsea and a further eight for Brighton last season.
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But the right-back came of age in Brighton's 3-1 defeat, assisting Leandro Trossard while troubling the visitor's defence throughout with his blistering pace.
It left supporters flooding social media questioning whether Chelsea had the option to bring Lamptey back to the club in the future.
One said: "Are we going to buy Lamptey back in the future for a fortune after letting him go?"
Another said: "How long until Chelsea try to buy Tariq Lamptey back?"
A third added: "Lamptey was amazing tonight. Sadly for him Chelsea have Reece James but no doubt in my mind Lamptey will do great things."
But Brighton will needn't to worry about Chelsea returning for his signature in the future.
Lampard wanted the player to stay at Stamford Bridge but knew game time would be limited behind Cesar Azpilicueta and James in the pecking order.
Lamptey wanted first team football and Chelsea were not willing to stand in the way of his development.
The England Under-19 international penned a contract at Brighton until the summer of 2023 after joining the Chelsea academy at the age of eight.
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