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Nathaniel Clyne should reject summer move away from Southampton

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Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne should reject a move away from the club this summer and sign a new deal instead.

With interest in his future hotting up and his current contract running down, the England international will have just 12 months to run at the end of this season. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is reported to hold a strong interest in Clyne but he should rebuff any approach and remain loyal to his current employers.

Full England debut

Having made his England debut this season after a string of highly consistent performances for his club, Clyne does not need to leave to continue his international career. In most eyes he is firmly the number one English right back in the Premier League, well ahead of Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson.

As a result there is no need for the 23-year-old to leave St. Mary's to make the step up to the international fold, nor does he run the risk of losing his place whilst on the South coast.

Fan relationship

Clyne is also recognised by the Southampton fans as one of their best players and after a superb season he will certainly be in the mix for their player of the season award.

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The close-knit relationship with his fellow Southampton players is also something to remember for the former Crystal Palace man, who may not be afforded the same feeling elsewhere.

Ex-teammate paths

The 5ft 7in full-back would also do well to take a look at the seasons of some of his former Southampton teammates before deciding on a move away. Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and to some extent Adam Lallana have all struggled to make an impact at Liverpool whilst Calum Chambers does not appear first-choice at Arsenal.

Luke Shaw has been a regular at Manchester United when fit but with Rafael and Antonio Valencia for competition at Old Trafford, Clyne would be wise to think very carefully about a prospective move.

European adventure

Clyne also faces the prospect of European football at Southampton next season, should they end the season as well as they started.

That would all equal as many reasons to stay as there are to leave and with and rise the Saints are currently on, their current right-back would be making a mistake if he was to seek pastures new.

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