Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Bissouma has been arrested and accused of sexual assault, at a seafront nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday.

The Mali international and former Lille player spent the day in custody in The Arc after being arrested in the city.

Bissouma who has been linked with a number of big clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal was partying with a friend who is in his 40s when cops were called.

A club spokesman said last night said : “Brighton & Hove Albion are aware that one of its players is assisting police with the investigation of an alleged offence.

“The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment at this time.”

The 25-year old said he’s enjoying life in Brighton when quizzed about his decision to stay with the but dreams to play in the Champions League.

“I didn’t go this summer, maybe its because it’s not my time to go,” Bissouma told Brighton’s website.

“When my time will come, it’s my time, but I’m happy in Brighton, I’m enjoying playing football.”

“My dream is like every player, I want to play in the Champions League, I want to be champions. I want to compare myself on the top level, not just with other players.”