Ronald Koeman not shocked by player sales at Southampton

Southampton have lost a number of their key players in recent transfer windows.

Ronald Koeman has told the Guardian that he knew what he was signing up for when he agreed to become Southampton manager.

The Dutchman was placed in charge at the Saints in the summer of 2014, and he has had to cope with a number of his key players leaving St. Mary’s in that time.

Southampton have seen the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Nathaniel Clyne, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana all leave in the past two seasons.

However, Koeman says that he hasn’t been surprised by the volume of players his club has lost, as he was expecting it to happen before he arrived.

“When I came to the club, I knew already that we would lose some good players, and we lost, after last season, Schneiderlin and Clyne, important players for the team, important positions in the team,” Koeman said. “Of course, we would like to keep the best players because that means we can grow and grow.”

Southampton have coped admirably with the loss of so many key stars, and they have not been too negatively affected by it.

The Saints’ scouting system is the envy of clubs across England, and they have managed to replace almost every player they have lost.

Koeman will want to keep his current group of players together, but already rumours are circulating that prized assets could be set to depart.

The likes of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama have both been linked away, in the Guardian, meaning that Southampton look set to have to fight to keep hold of their most prominent stars yet again.

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