Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger gave a cagey response to the Daily Echo when pressed over the future of right-back Nathaniel Clyne.
The Daily Mirror has reported that Manchester United are keen on luring Clyne to Old Trafford in the same way as Luke Shaw, while Southampton are reportedly keen on getting him committed to a new long term deal to stay with the Saints.
“All the football specific discussions are in Les’s hands (Les Reed) - Nathaniel Clyne, the only thing I need to know in my position is that those conversations are going on the same line and we are dealing with them the same way, in the best interests of the club, and we stay within our parameters,” said Krueger.
It may not be the definitive response that some Saints fans would have been hoping for, but he seems determined to get the best deal for the club, which doesn’t force them to exceed their limits in terms of getting Clyne committed to a new long term deal.
His current deal expires in the summer of 2016, which removes the time pressure slightly for the Saints although they may prefer to get a deal done before the end of the season.
If they get to the end of the campaign and find that he’s still not signed a new deal, that could invite offers from Manchester United or any other interested club, which could be difficult for the Saints to turn down.
Where the fans need to have faith is through the evidence that the club got big calls right last summer.
Several top players left and Mauricio Pochettino left for Tottenham Hotspur, but Ronald Koeman has worked hard to sign good quality replacements and has them playing together and looking like a side that could well be in the Champions League next season.
It’s clear Krueger isn’t dealing directly with Clyne’s new contract but the message he seems to stress in relation to the defender and the club in general is one of common sense.