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Nathaniel Clyne wants to play Champions League football next season

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Nathaniel Clyne has dropped the clearest hint yet that he could be on his way out of Southampton by admitting that he wants to play in the Champions League next season.

The Southampton full-back has been in fine form this term and has earned an England call-up, while helping the Saints to fifth place in the Premier League.

Right-back

Manchester United are on the look-out for a new right-back and Clyne has been mooted as a potential option alongside Barcelona ace Dani Alves, however the Brazilian has insisted he wants to stay put.

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That could prompt the Red Devils to focus all of their attention on Clyne, and their pursuit of the 24-year-old may be boosted by his latest comments. 

Europe

Speaking at a fund-raising event for the Football Fighting Ebola campaign, he told Sky Sports News HQ: “It’s always good to have teams looking out for you, it shows how well you’ve been doing all season.

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“I am going to take that, and keep on performing and be the best player I can be. Right now I’m concentrating on playing for Southampton, there are still games to play, and try to push for that fourth spot.

“I am an ambitious person and I want to play Champions League football. To win the title and the FA Cup, that is what I want.”

Struggle

Previously Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted that he may struggle to keep hold of the full-back if Manchester United do come calling. 

Clyne was forced to start Southampton's 2-0 victory over Hull at the weekend from the bench, and he admits that came as a disappointment. "I was a bit disappointed not to be in the starting team, everyone wants to start," he added.

"It was a bit of a shock but there are a lot of players fighting for position and when you are not in the team you just have to keep fighting to get back in."

Opinion

It certainly looks like Manchester United will be able to offer Champions League football next season, which makes the Clyne transfer all the more likely. 

He would be a good fit for not much money either - now it's on Southampton to get the most money they can while lining up a replacement.

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