Nathaniel Clyne has enjoyed a breakout season at Southampton, and now must decide whether he will extend his stay at St. Mary’s.
With the 24-year-old’s contract expiring next summer, the club has given Clyne ten days to make a decision on his future.
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Clyne’s play has impressed many around the league, and the speedy defender earned his first cap for England in November.
Manager Ronald Koeman is keen to re-sign his right back, but didn’t seem extremely confident that Clyne would be staying with Saints.
We’re still speaking with Clyney and his agent, but of course we have to know in 10 days. The club is doing an offer the maximum what we can do and then we expect the player’s answer.
I’ve spoken to Clyney, he’s very happy and of course there is some interest but nobody has really bid for the player. All the players are happy with how the team is doing.
But it’s football, you never know. In football if you go in your last season of contract, we don’t like that.”
Southampton has a plan to reach the Champions League within five years, something Clyne has openly talked about his desire to play in. But with reports that the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in the young defender, would he be willing to wait for that opportunity?
Clyne is a key component to Southampton’s top ranked defense, and losing a player of his caliber would be a big blow to any club. But Saints have shown that they can recover after losing key players, as the club looks poised for their best finish ever after last summer’s fire sale.