Clyne happy to wait for decision on Southampton future

by Sam Peoples

Nathaniel Clyne has made it clear he is in no rush to sign a contract extension with Southampton and is happy to let negotiations continue for the next few months.

The 23-year-old has established himself as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League this season and was rewarded for that form by receiving his first call-up to the England squad by Roy Hodgson.

Manchester United were linked with Clyne while he was still a Crystal Palace player and the links have gathered pace this January with ESPN reporting Louis van Gaal‘s desire to sign him.

Clyne is currently in negotiation with Southampton over a renewal and doesn’t want to rush into any decision until later this season.

“My contract, we’re still negotiating,” he said.

“I’m negotiating with my agent & also with the club so, yeah, we’ll wait until April.”

Clyne’s comments suggest any approach from Man United in January will be rebuffed. Of course, money talks in football but United would have to pay a big premium to tempt Southampton at the moment given that his price could rise if his good form continues.

With Southampton fighting for a Champions League place, Clyne’s future is more than likely tied to whether Ronald Koeman’s side earn a place in Europe’s premier competition.

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