Former Southampton midfielder Carlton Palmer does not think Jannik Vestergaard leaving St. Mary’s this summer is guaranteed and believes the club will be doing everything in their power to tie him down to a new contract.
Vestergaard has just one year left on his current deal and, according to The Telegraph, Southampton are braced for his departure and are already looking at other centre-back options.
The Denmark international was a key player for manager Ralph Hasenhuttl during the 2020/21 season, making 30 appearances in the Premier League.
Leicester were credited with an interest in him last year and could perhaps now make a move as his contract continues to run down.
Speaking exclusively to TIF about Vestergaard’s situation, Palmer said:
“Surely they’ll be sitting down and talking about an extension to his contract. Somebody who’s played 30 games for you in the Premier League season, obviously he’s warranting a new contract, for sure. I think he’ll be there next season.”
Vestergaard has also been linked with a move to Tottenham. However, with reports suggesting that Jose Mourinho was the one pushing for the signing, the north London club’s interest has probably cooled.
It will now be interesting to see what other teams target the 28-year-old this summer, if any at all.