Clyne admits to importance of Champions League football for his development

St Marys Southampton

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne may just have alerted the attention of Manchester United and Chelsea.

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has been quoted by the Southern Daily Echo suggesting that the Champions League is the next step for his progression.

The Saints are still in with a chance of a place in the Premier League’s top four, as they look to overturn a five point gap from Manchester City in fourth over the rest of the campaign.

“I would say Champions League football is the next step in my progression. I think I need experience playing European football. We're doing well with Southampton and hopefully we can get there,” he said.

“That would be great. So I'm just concentrating on Southampton. There are a few more games to play, so I'm just concentrating on getting to the fourth spot.”

The comments leave the Saints under a bit of pressure because of the links and reports, which have suggested that Clyne could leave the club at the end of the season.

The Echo mentions in the same report, which carries the above quotes that Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in him, with both sides in more concrete positions as things stand to secure Champions League football for next season.

If the season ends and Clyne is not looking at elite European competition with the Saints, he may well be forced to look at his options away from the south coast club.

Manchester United showed last summer with a deal for Luke Shaw that they are not afraid to pay big cash for the best young players, while Jose Mourinho is savvy at Chelsea in terms of reinventing his squad and making subtle changes, which benefit the Blues.

Hopefully the Saints can secure a top four place and avoid the problem.

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