Le Tissier explains jokes why he wants Southampton’s performance levels to decline

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Southampton are closing in on a top four spot.

Southampton hero Matt Le Tissier jokes he hopes the club don’t play too well between now and May as the players will attract interest ahead of the summer transfer window, Sky Sports report.

The Saints have experienced a somewhat inconsistent campaign this season, yet their performances since the FA Cup third round defeat to Crystal Palace have been excellent.

Seven wins in their last 11 Premier League matches has seen Ronald Koeman’s men surge up the table, and now only four points separates them and Manchester City in fourth spot.

Player such as Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane have really come to the fore in the past few weeks, and Le Tissier jokes he hopes the club‘s players don’t play too well as they will undoubtedly attract attention.

“Fraser Forster's return has obviously made a big difference but it was when Mane and Pelle's goals dried up that our form really dropped,” he explained to Sky Sports.

"I think Pelle was unsettled by transfer talk in January and it has taken him a bit of time to settle down. In some ways I hope they don't play too well over the rest of the season because they'll attract more interest over the summer."

Pelle, 30, has three goals and two assists in his last two Premier League matches while Mane also struck two goals during Southampton’s remarkable 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Liverpool.

The duo, should they maintain their superb form, are arguably the most likely to be linked with moves away this summer and the lure of a return to Italy with a big club could be too great for Pelle.

Ronald Koeman will not want to lose any of his better players this summer, yet the Dutch coach has become accustomed to bigger clubs calling and his job of replacing his top stars has been admirable thus far.

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