Manchester United keep the pressure on Southampton boss Claude Puel

Alain Brian
Mai 18, 2017

This season's Europa League campaign, no matter how frustrating, has whetted the collective appetite at St Mary's, so too the EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United.

Van Dijk was rewarded with a new six-year contract last May and was named Saints captain following the departure of Jose Fonte to West Ham in January.

"For me, it's important that every time we have honesty with the club and the fans".

'We actually have 12 players that have more than four years, so 49 months, left on their contract and even a couple with 61 months.

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger sat down with various members of the football media yesterday to talk about various aspects of the club and the summer ahead.

"I hope for Southampton that we will see this for next season but of course it will be interesting to continue this work because I think it's important to improve".

"So 18 players having more than three years, gives us control over the summer for the first time".

"I can make that statement and - unless football decides it's in the best interests - we don't need to do that".

"We will decide if anybody goes and we will decide who comes in, in the best interests of the club".

Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu are the latest targets as vultures circle overhead, although chairman Krueger has pledged this summer will be different to previous years.

'We now need to consolidate.

Krueger is confident that they will conclude that highlight of the season was the League Cup final - "we are trying to develop a winning culture and I think that experience will have an immeasurable value" - and they will also take into account how the Europa League made consistency of selection so hard.

"We made seven changes and with a good result and good play and we saw all the squad play with good concentration and focus and this is the most important thing".

'I think that's one of the reasons we would like to keep the core in place to give the synergies an opportunity, and we are extremely hungry to push back into Europe next year. "It is our obsession".

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