Jose Fonte discusses new contract amid summer Manchester United links

by Leo Nieboer

Southampton defender Jose Fonte claims no deal has been agreed over a new contract at St Mary’s amid rumours of a potential move to Manchester United.

The Portuguese was approached by Jose Mourinho over the summer, and admitted to being “flattered” by Man United’s interest.

In the end, Fonte pledged allegiance to Southampton and Alex Puel, electing to prioritise game time over ‘big club’ status.

However, speculation continues to loom over the 32-year-old’s future after it was revealed the club has not yet canvassed a potential contract renewal (his current contract expires in 2018).

“There’s nothing on the table, so I’m waiting,” he said.

“I’ll see what happens. I’m just focusing on performing and we’ll see what happens.

“We haven’t agreed anything, it’s just talks.”

Fonte, at the age of 32, is entering the latter stages of his career, and if he does come to Old Trafford his role would most likely be limited to that of a squad player.

The Portuguese has featured regularly in the Premier League for the last four seasons, acquiring a strong knowledge of England’s footballing climate in the process.

He would, by all accounts, be a fantastic option to call upon when rotating the squad.

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