Ronald Koeman has told the Daily Mirror that Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez is no longer part of his plans.
Ramirez’s contract at Southampton expires at the end of the season, and it does not seem as if he will be offered a new deal.
The Mirror has suggested that both Middlesbrough and Bologna are interested in signing the attacking midfielder and Koeman’s comments today have suggested that Ramirez’s exit is imminent.
“The situation with Gaston is different to our other players because he is ending his contract,” Koeman said.
“He is not in the plans for the future of the club.”
Ramirez joined Southampton back in 2012, and he made a good first impression, but things went sour after that.
The Uruguayan has found his first team chances more limited as time has progressed, and he was loaned out to Hull City last season.
Ramirez was expected to move last summer, but no switch materialised.
Koeman did hand the 25-year-old a chance to regain his first team place earlier in the season but, despite a mini-resurgence, he has fallen down the pecking order again.
Ramirez’s exit now looks inevitable, and it will be up to the midfielder to decide whether to move to the north of England, or relocate back to Italy.