Ronald Koeman has suggested in the Daily Echo that he doesn’t expect Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez to leave the club over the summer.
The England striker has struggled against injuries all season, but rather than turn his back on the striker, Koeman has stressed the most important thing is that he’s ready for next season.
“The player and we have to wait to next season, but the health and really to come back in the best physical way is the most important for Jay,” said the Dutchman.
The Daily Mirror reported at the end of January that Tottenham Hotspur were still interested in trying to sign Rodriguez after failing to do so last summer.
Tottenham are likely to be looking for a striker to sign this summer, but they’ll have to look elsewhere if they were intent on getting their hands on Southampton’s attacker.
It would also be a surprising move if he opted for Spurs, because of the loyalty which has been shown to him by his current employers.
It’s a blow for the Saints that Rodriguez doesn’t look anywhere near close to playing for the side this season, but he’ll have a gritty and deep lying determination to fight his way back to fitness and perform for the club, which has backed him.
It sounds cliché, but he really will be like a new signing for the club when he returns to action.
The most exciting thing that Rodriguez can focus on is the possibility that he could play in the Champions League for the Saints next season, which will give him extra motivation for those days where he may be doubting himself.