Koeman makes admission about his expectations for Southampton's summer transfer window

St Marys Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman admits that he expects to lose some players this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur linked to two of his key stars.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted at his press conference, covered on YouTube, that he fears the team will lose players in the summer.

The Saints have had a brilliant campaign, where they have mounted a sustained push for Europe, but there is a feeling that they could become victims of their own success.

The likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodgriguez have both been linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur in the Independent and Koeman admits that he expects the club to lose players over the coming months.

"It's always good to have some changes in the team," he said. "Maybe, we will lose some players. We will do everything to keep everyone at the club, but we know the situation will be difficult.

"It will not be [as bad as] last season, but, of course, the risk is that we will lose some players. That's normal. That means we have to be prepared to bring in new players, new focus and we will see what position we are talking."

Southampton will be determined to avoid having a mass exodus like the one they experienced last summer, where a number of their key players left St. Mary's.

The likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Calum Chambers all moved on from Southampton at the end of last season and Koeman will hope that he doesn't have to undergo such a big rebuilding job again.

What could be crucial for Southampton, therefore, is finishing in a European spot as that will give them a greater chance of keeping hold of their more sought-after stars.

The Saints are currently occupying sixth place in the Premier League table and if they can protect that spot, then they should be able to convince the bulk of their key players to stay put.

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