Ronald Koeman gives clear answer when asked about reports linking him with Everton

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman says he is staying at Southampton, despite reported interest from Everton.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told a press conference that there is nothing in speculation linking with a move to Premier League rivals Everton.

Everton chose to part company with manager Roberto Martinez on Thursday afternoon, bringing his three-year reign at Goodison Park to an end after a disappointing season.

The Toffees sit in 12th place in the Premier League table, and having picked up just six points from the last ten Premier League games, it was time for Martinez to go.

Wednesday's 3-0 defeat away to Sunderland proved to be Martinez's final game in charge, and fans are now wondering who could come in to replace the Spaniard.

Reports from The Telegraph suggested that Southampton boss Koeman was Everton's top target, and new investor Farhad Moshiri was willing to hand the Dutchman a £100m transfer budget to lure him from the South Coast.

Koeman has impressed since leaving Feyenoord to replace Mauricio Pochettino in 2014, and with four wins from the last five games - including victories over Manchester City and Tottenham - Southampton are ending the season as one of the form teams in the Premier League.

Given that Koeman has just one year left on his contract at St. Mary's Stadium, rumours surround his future - but he told a press conference today, as seen on the club's official Twitter account, that he intends to stay at Southampton, with talks over his contract coming this summer.

"Nothing," said Koeman when asked what he could tell the press about Everton's interest.. "I am manager of Southampton, and everybody knows that I have one more year on my contract. We will sit together and analyse the season, and we will talk about the future, and that's what the news is today."

Koeman was then asked whether he plans to stay with Southampton for the long-term, and he gave a simple answer; "Yes". The rumours may not go away, but Koeman seems adamant that he won't be heading to Goodison Park any time soon.

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