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Koeman expects Rodriguez to stay at Southampton

Ronald Koeman is confident Jay Rodriguez will soon sign a new and improved contract at Southampton.

A ruptured anterior cruciate ligament means it has been over a year since the 25-year-old last played, but that has not prevented speculation mounting over his future.

Rodriguez only has a season left on his contract and there have been suggestions that a summer move could be on the cards, with Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool apparently ready to test Saints' resolve.

Jay Rodriguez has missed the entire season through injury. Credit: PA

However, the England international now seems ready to pen a new deal at St Mary's, with Koeman rating the chances of the forward signing as eight out of 10.

"He was talking to the club," the Saints boss said. "He's a good player and I think he will be an important player for next season.

"If he stays, I think that is a good signal to the club, to everybody."


Man United target Clyne happy at Southampton

Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne has stated he's enjoying life on the south coast and is happy to stay.

The England international has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but is also in talks over a new deal at St Mary's.

Nathaniel Clyne could be staying. Credit: PA

"I am enjoying my football for Southampton, playing week-in, week-out and it is an up-and-coming club, so, yeah, I am happy playing for Southampton and happy to stay at Southampton as well," Clyne told the Daily Echo.

"My agent is negotiating, so I will just leave it with my agent and I am just going to concentrate on playing my football."

Spurs target happy at Southampton - Koeman

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says Morgan Schneiderlin is content at St Mary's.

The Dutchman also confirmed no one has bid for the France international, despite reported interest from Spurs, adding the midfielder will miss the rest of the campaign with injury.

Morgan Schneiderlin is wanted elsewhere. Credit: PA

"He is a key player, so it is disappointing," said Koeman. "It is the ligaments of his left knee and that is a shame because he's out for the last part of the season."

It has been suggested Schneiderlin wants to secure a summer move to a Champions League club.

Koeman added: "He is happy (here), but it is up to the player.

"We like to keep everybody but we know sometimes it's difficult. But there isn't any serious bid for the player."

Southampton midfielder ruled out for season

Morgan Schneiderlin has been linked with a move away from Southampton this summer. Credit: PA

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will miss the rest of the season through injury.

The influential playmaker has been strongly linked with a move to north London this summer with both Arsenal and Spurs both reported to be keen on a move.


Athletic Bilbao honour Southampton legend Le Tissier

Le Tissier flew over to attend the Basque derby. Credit: PA

Former Southampton and England forward Matt Le Tissier has been the first to receive the "One Club Man Award" from Primera Division club Athletic Bilbao.

The award was recently introduced to honour players who have spent their entire careers with one team.

Le Tissier flew over to attend the Basque derby between Athletic and Real Sociedad and was introduced to the San Mames crowd at half-time.

"It certainly was a big surprise and a very pleasant one too," he told Athletic's official website. "I am incredibly proud to be the first to receive this award.

"My main reason (for staying at Southampton) was my personal happiness and contentment, something which I have always put first among other things.

"That and the fact that I felt a loyalty to pay back Southampton for giving me the chance to achieve my dreams."

Le Tissier scored 209 goals during a 16-year career with the Saints before retiring in 2002.

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