Nathaniel Clyne: Why I'm happy to stay at Southampton, despite Manchester United talk

St Marys Southampton

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

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has told the Daily Echo that he is happy to remain at St. Mary's next season.

Clyne has been linked with Manchester United in the Daily Mail, but the England international defender insists that his head has not been turned by the interest. 

The 24-year-old says that he is enjoying playing regular football at Southampton and has hinted that he could sign a new deal in the near future. 

“I’m enjoying my football for Southampton, playing week-in, week-out and it’s an up-and-coming club, so, yeah, I’m happy playing for Southampton and happy to stay at Southampton as well.”

Clyne's current contract expires at the end of next season, so Ronald Koeman will realise that he is under pressure to resolve the right-back's future with a sense of urgency.

Clyne's comments should offer him encouragement that he will stay but, as the cliche states, actions speak louder than words and it will be up to the defender to prove that he is still committed to Southampton.

The Saints are likely to allow him to leave this summer should they not be able to get him to commit to signing a new deal, as they simply cannot risk losing such a valuable member of their team on a free transfer.

Southampton lost a number of their key players last year and will desperate to avoid a repeat this time around, so getting Clyne's future secured would be a very positive step in the right direction. 

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