Southampton boss comments on Nathaniel Clyne to United speculation

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Southampton ace Nathaniel Clyne has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told reporters that he is not worried about the latest speculation linking Nathaniel Clyne to Manchester United.

The Saints endured a number of changes in pre-season as highly-rated stars departed the club, including left-back Luke Shaw who traded the South Coast for the Red Devils in a £30 million deal.

A total of 12 players were either sold or released by the Saints in the summer, but one of the club’s most impressive performers Clyne remained in a move which has arguably benefitted the player.

The England international has developed under boss Koeman, impressing national team boss Roy Hodgson and winning his first England cap in the recent victory over Slovenia in November.

His excellent season form has notably caught the eye of the Premier League’s elite and speculation ahead of the January transfer window has seen him linked with a move to United.

Koeman, however, hinted that such rumours were inevitable as he told reporters that he doesn’t let the paper talk affect his frame of mind.

"If I have to be worried about those kind of rumours, then I will be worried every day and I don't like that," the Dutchman was quoted as saying by Eurosport. “I like my life and I like to be positive. It's no issue."

The Old Trafford outfit have battled against a number of injuries so far this campaign and boss Louis van Gaal is expected to add to his defensive ranks in the January transfer window.

A move for Clyne would prove to be a wise acquisition, allowing the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to focus on playing in their favoured centre-back roles.

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