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Nathaniel Clyne set for new deal

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England debutant Nathaniel Clyne is set to be rewarded for his superb start to the season with a new contract by Southampton according to the Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old made an impressive start to his three lions career this week, playing 90 minutes in both of England's matches.

His form that earned the call-up, coupled with his performances in both matches, have pushed Southampton manager Ronald Koeman to tie his man down for the long term.

The Mail also reports that as well as Clyne, the Southampton hierarchy are set to hand new deals to Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin in an attempt to keep the spine of the squad at St. Mary's for the next few years.

First-choice for club and country

Clyne looks set to become England's first-choice right-back for the foreseeable future after a strong showing in the recent fixtures, especially with Glen Johnson not reaching previous heights so far.

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Southampton also see Clyne as a major part of their future, having let Calum Chambers join Arsenal this summer, with the feeling that Clyne was the better of the two anyway.

With his future seemingly secure at both club and country level, it makes sense for the Saints to give their man a reward for his improvement. Any new deal also gives Clyne some stability, especially with Euro 2016 under two years away.

Liverpool interest

The Daily Mail also reports that Liverpool are eyeing Clyne as a replacement for Johnson on Merseyside with the latter's contract set to expire this summer.

Southampton will be keen to ensure this does not happen, especially after losing captain Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert to Liverpool this past summer.

Clyne though will surely be thinking twice before making a decision about his future, especially with the current path his current employers are taking as opposed to those that have left.

None of the players who left St. Mary's this summer are above the Saints in the Premier League table. If they were to finish in the European places this season and having established himself in the England set up, Clyne may feel he does not need to move at all.

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