Southampton open contract talks with Nathaniel Clyne, reveals Ronald Koeman

Southampton have opened contract negotiations with right-back Nathaniel Clyne, manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that the club have begun talks with in-form right-back Nathaniel Clyne over a new deal.

Clyne has been one of the stars of Southampton's superb start to the season, producing a string of impressive performances that earned him a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad, starting the recent matches against Slovenia and Scotland.

The 23-year-old's current deal with Saints expires at the end of next season, and recent reports have suggested that Liverpool are interested in bringing him to Anfield.

Koeman is confident, though, that the former Crystal Palace defender will commit to a new long-term contract in the near future.

"I know Clyney's contract has one year left after this season so it's normal to do something now to keep that player," he told Sky Sports. "Have those talks already started? Of course, you cannot wait until next season.

"I have had conversations with [executive director] Les Reed about the contracts of the players. We want to keep everyone and I am not surprised about Clyne's performances for the national team.

"He is a fantastic player which he has showed since the start of the season. If there is interest, we will hear about that and we will try everything to keep him here because he is fantastic football player."

Southampton currently sit second in the Premier League after winning eight of their opening 11 games, but face a tough schedule over the remainder of the year, with fixtures against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea still to play.

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