Southampton CEO Martin Semmens has claimed that the club will be looking to sign a couple of players to new contracts ‘across the next couple of months’.
More and more these days, it seems that player contract issues arise regularly for every club. Indeed, in the past summer, Paris Saint-Germain incredibly signed the likes of Lionel Messi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos all without having to pay a transfer fee, due to those players not signing new deals with their former clubs.
Southampton may not be quite dealing with talent or money on the same scale as PSG, but they will certainly be wary of allowing negotiations to sour with any of their valued squad members.
With this in mind, Semmens has stated that the club ‘are looking at’ extending a couple of contracts within the current Saints team.
While talking on the Total Saints podcast, he explained: “There are one or two that we are looking at, at the moment, and are always important to extend.
“But yes, we’re certainly in a much better position than we were this time last year, and there are less pressing issues.
“But yeah, you might see one or two across the next couple of months.”
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According to Transfermarkt, the Saints currently have seven players whose contracts will run out in the summer of 2022, so this group may be an area in which the club will look to offer some renewals.
Notable names from that list include first-team players such as Shane Long, Jack Stephens and Alex McCarthy.
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One key deal the club did recently manage to sort was the contract of James Ward-Prowse. The Saints captain committed his future to the side, signing a five-year deal despite notable interest from Aston Villa.