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Cedric agrees new four-year Southampton contract

Cedric Soares has committed his future to Southampton by signing a new four-year contract with the club.

The new deal will keep Soares at St. Mary's until 2020 following a successful first season that saw him feature in 27 matches.

There had been rumours linking the right-back with a move away from the south coast this summer, and talk of his departure only intensified following the signing of Jeremy Pied.

But Soares has instead decided to commit his future to the Saints after helping Portugal to glory at Euro 2016, with compatriot Jose Fonte also expected to accept an improved contract offer at Southampton in the coming days despite interest from Man United and Arsenal.


Southampton boss warns Man United over Jose Fonte

Puel is not prepared to sell his club captain. Credit: PA

Southampton's new head coach Claude Puel is confident defender Jose Fonte will still be at the club at the end of the summer transfer window despite talk linking him to Manchester United.

The 32-year-old captain, who was part of the Portugal side that won Euro 2016, is a doubt to feature in Saints' opening Premier League game against Watford.

Puel, who replaced Ronald Koeman as manager in June following the Dutchman's move to Everton, believes Fonte will be a key component for the Saints this season.

He said:

I do not think there is a possibility for Jose to leave us. I am sure that he can play all these games, he is very proficient.

When I see him on the pitch he is interesting, very professional and he has a good attitude. (Fonte has) re-joined in training. I do not know if he will start the game (on Saturday) but we will see.

– Southampton head coach Claude Puel
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