Vladimir Coufal has signed a new contract with Slavia Prague to end speculation linking the Czech Republic international with West Ham United and Southampton, according to the club’s official website.
Well, that didn’t take long.
Just last week, The Independent claimed that West Ham, Southampton and even a Brighton side who snapped up the thrilling Tariq Lamptey in January were all chasing Coufal’s signature.
At the time, Coufal had just a week left on his contract and, fearing that the 27-year-old would leave the Czech capital for absolutely nothing, Slavia were willing to listen to offers in the region of £2-£4 million.
So, after losing captain Tomas Soucek to West Ham seven months ago, Slavia will be thrilled to learn that another key player is not heading in the same direction.
After sealing their second straight Czech league title, the Red and Whites have confirmed that their dependable right-back is sticking around for the foreseeable future.
“It’s clear to me, I want to stay with Slavia for the next four years,” Coufal tells Idnes.
“When they want to get rid of me, I’ll go. But I’m very happy here and I will never run anywhere.
“Slavia has placed great trust in me and I will do everything to be as successful as in these last two years. I am willing to do practically anything for Slavia.”
While West Ham’s plans might have gone up in smoke, Southampton will not be losing much sleep.
After all, Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to turn his loan spell from Tottenham into a permanent transfer as part of the Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg deal.