Nathaniel Clyne offers fresh hint over his future
Nathaniel Clyne has insisted he is "happy" at Southampton, but he has refused to be drawn on reports that he has set his heart on a move to Manchester United.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed last week that he wanted a decision on Clyne's future by the end of this week, with the 23-year-old full-back stalling on extending his current Saints contract that is due to expire in the summer of 2016.
United have made little secret of their desire to acquire one of the most improved players in the Premier League and when asked by the Southampton Echo whether he was ready to end the speculation over his future, Clyne offered these comments.
“I’m happy playing for Southampton and happy to stay at Southampton as well,” said Clyne.
"I’m enjoying my football for Southampton, playing week-in, week-out and it’s an up-and-coming club."
He was then asked about his contract talks and the suggestion from his manager that he has until this weekend to inform the club of his future plans and appeared to be non-committal.
"My agent is negotiating, so I’ll just leave it with my agent and I’m just going to concentrate on playing my football,” he added.
Clyne is believed to be one of the chief transfer targets identified by United boss Louis van Gaal, with the youngster's eagerness to play Champions League football one of the primary reasons why he is widely expected to leave Southampton this summer.
His current Saints contract is due to expire in the summer of 2016, with the club unlikely to hang on to the player for another year if he makes it clear he will not sign a new deal.