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Puel expects to stay at Southampton next season

Claude Puel fully expects to be at Southampton next season. Credit: PA

Claude Puel has insisted he expects to remain at the Southampton helm next term, rejecting claims he is fighting for his St Mary's future.

The Saints boss revealed his shock at reports claiming he must improve the south coast club's results before the end of the campaign to retain his job.

Southampton have slipped to two defeats and a draw in their last three matches, but former Nice manager Puel claims to have his club's continued backing.

Asked if he is preparing for next season as normal, Puel replied: "Yes of course, of course.

"I came here for a project, to continue this work to improve all these young players.

"Many players have become starting players this year, like Maya Yoshida, Oriol Romeu, Jack Stephens; so it's important to continue this role and keep building the future of Southampton.

"I've been surprised to see these reports (about his future), because it seems for me it has been an interesting season with many games."

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