Southampton are confident star right-back Nathaniel Clyne will remain at the club despite reported interest from a raft of Premier League clubs.
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Clyne has been linked with a move to Chelsea or Manchester United, but the Saints are confident of keeping hold of one of the club’s key men.
The prolonged contract negotiations have only intensified speculation surrounding the 24-year-old’s future, but Southampton director of football Les Reed said the club was confident of coming to an agreement sooner rather than later.
“With Clyney it’s very much been the same as with Jay [Rodriguez] in that we’ve been talking for quite a while,” Reed is quoted as saying by Daily Express.
“It gets fed by speculation which doesn’t help.
“Ronald [Koeman] made a comment that there was a deadline but that deadline was more about getting a response, and that issue has been resolved.
“I’m in discussions with his agent and that has been very positive.
“Nathaniel has made statements that he’s happy here.
“There’s bound to be speculation because he’s such a good player and has had such a good season.
“We have to balance that against what he can do for us in the future and what we can do for him.
“We’re at a very good place at the moment in terms of the discussions going on and I’m confident that we will have a resolution to that sooner rather than later.”
Reed’s words come just a day after Southampton announced it had re-signed star attacker Jay Rodriguez to a four-year deal.
Clyne has made 33 league appearances this season and made his England debut last November.