Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has declared that he will be honouring his contract and staying with the club for the foreseeable future.

The Argentinian had previously said he could not see his future at Southampton if Nicola Cortese was not at the club. 

However a day after Cortese left the club following a dispute, Pochettino announced his decision in his pre-match press conference on Southampton’s Saints Player: "I am staying as manager. I have a professional responsibility to everyone at the club and the fans."

Pochettino also faced a number of question’s about his comments in May that implied he would leave if Cortese did so.

"They are completely different situations," the Saints boss explained.

"Eight months ago I was finishing my first season, and I did say it would make no sense for me to be here without Nicola. I am staying as manager. I have a professional responsibility to everyone at the club and the fans."

Pochettino also revealed that he has spoken to the former executive following his decision to step down, but refused to clarify what the pair had spoken about.

"He only asked me for one thing and that's to try and win on Saturday," he finished.

Reports surfacing suggest the fall out between Katharina Liebherr and Cortese follows the suggestions the Saints' chairman could be seeking an exit from the club.

Pochettino also fielded questions about the futures of some of his players including Luke Shaw who is rumoured to be wanted by various clubs

"I want to make one thing clear - no one is for sale at Southampton. No one. My viewpoint hasn't changed from a week ago. No player that I don't want to leave will leave."

Southampton face a resurgent Sunderland this weekend who will be looking to act on the uncertainty surrounding their opponents.

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