Friday 15 November 2019

Koeman aims to tie down Clyne at Southampton

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne will have only one year remaining on his contract this summer and has stalled on the offer of an extended deal. Photo: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne will have only one year remaining on his contract this summer and has stalled on the offer of an extended deal. Photo: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

Jeremy Wilson

Ronald Koeman wants to resolve the future of Manchester United target Nathaniel Clyne after Southampton's match against Crystal Palace tonight. The manager has also admitted that injured striker Jay Rodriguez might not now play until next season.

Clyne will have only one year remaining on his contract this summer and, amid interest from Liverpool as well as United, has stalled on the offer of an extended deal. After dealing with the loss of so many players last year, Koeman appeared relaxed on the situation yesterday.

"The contact is between Les Reed (Southampton's executive director) and the agent and Clyne, but I think it's a good time to talk about that - of course, we like to know what his decision is about the future," said Koeman.

Asked if he was confident Clyne would stay, Koeman said: "I hope, but I can understand if there is any interest from other clubs. We don't have really a serious bid."

Southampton will have Toby Alderweireld available again at centre-back tonight but their main problem has been in attack as they have scored only once in their past five games. Koeman acknowledged that Graziano Pelle was in particular need of a goal but also pointed to how opponents were playing a very different style against his team. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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