Southampton latest: Koeman on Cork contract talks; Schneiderlin attitude praised

Southampton Football Club

We bring you the latest news from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman's most recent press-conference.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has said that Jack Cork will not be offered a new contract until December. 

Cork has been in fine form over the opening stages of the season, but only has a year left on his deal at St. Mary's, meaning his future remains uncertain.

If Cork continues to play to the standard that he has standard that he has started then a new deal appears an inevitability, but his Dutch manager is seemingly in no hurry to start talks. 

“No, (there are no talks) not at the moment,” he said to the Daily Echo. “Maybe the best moment for that is in December or January.

“It’s his future, it is the future of the club, and, ok, we will make that decision when we think it’s the real good moment for that.”

Cork has played his way into starting contention at St. Mary's after slipping down the pecking order in recent times and he will now be hoping to retain his place. 

The Saints were expected to struggle after a mass exodus of players over the summer, but their new arrivals have settled in well and the side look very strong.

Indeed, there is already talk of a potential of a repeat of last campaign - where they finished in eight position - and Cork will be hoping to play a big part in that.

Another man who will be looking to guide his team into the upper echelons of the league is Morgan Schneiderlin

The French midfielder stropped in the summer when he was not allowed to leave to join Tottenham Hotspur, who were interested in signing him, but he has seemingly regained his focus at the South-Coast club again. 

Schneiderlin has been one of the stars of their early Premier League form and Koeman says that he is not surprised that he has continued to be professional after expressing his unhappiness initially. 

“I wasn’t surprised how our fans supported Morgan, because we have great fans and Morgan did a lot and is doing a lot for the football club,” he said.

“What I said before, I said it several times, it was a difficult situation for him, but he has a contract for the club and he’s doing that in a very professional way.

“Now you see how he is playing, how he is showing that he is happy to be part of the team. What will happen in the future nobody can tell and nobody can give an answer about that.”

Koeman also revealed that new singing Sadio Mane has has received his work permit, but he will not play against Swansea City at the weekend. 

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