Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has set a final 10-day deadline for Manchester United target Nathaniel Clyne to decide on his future.
The south London born full back has impressed since his move from Crystal Palace in 2012. Clyne has become one of Southampton’s star performers this season, leading the youngster to gain a cult following at St Mary’s. The 24-year-old has earned himself England recognition in the process as well as interest from Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea.
Koeman on Clyne
"We’re still speaking with Clyney and his agent, but of course we have to know in 10 days," Koeman said, as relayed by the Daily Mail.
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"The club is doing an offer the maximum what we can do and then we expect the player’s answer.‘I’ve spoken to Clyney, he’s very happy and of course there is some interest but nobody has really bid for the player.
"All the players are happy with how the team is doing. But it’s football, you never know. In football if you go in your last season of contract, we don’t like that."
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When asked why there has been a delay with Clyne - who has already missed a Koeman-imposed deadline - signing a new deal, the Dutch boss said: "Ask him, ask his agent, I don't know."
Clyne began life as a winger at Afewee Academy, a non-profit community organisiation in Brixton. The group, run by volunteers, aims to give bright young footballers the opportunity to get noticed by professional football clubs.
As a youngster Clyne impressed quickly and had trials at Arsenal and Spurs before joining Crystal Palace, where he would go on to make 139 first-team appearances. Clyne made his debut for Crystal Palace in a league fixture on 18 October 2008 against Barnsley.
In the 2010–11 season, Clyne was the youngest player in the Football League to play every single game of that campaign, and won Crystal Palace's Player of the Year award.
On 19 July 2012, Clyne signed a four-year deal with newly promoted Premier League side Southampton. The full back has since been named in the England squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.
Southampton talent exodus?
Morgan Schneiderlin is another Southampton player whose performances this season have seen him catch the eye of some major clubs. The Frenchman has been linked strongly with Arsenal since the January transfer window, and Koeman has admitted that Schneiderlin may have played his last game for the club after a knee ligament problem ruled him out for the rest of the season.
The midfielder's time at St Mary's has looked limited since he told reporters that he longed to play Champions League football.
Whether Clyne follows in the footsteps of former Saints player Luke Shaw, who joined United last summer, remains to be seen. However, the future of this English youngster remains bright as Euro 2016 creeps ever closer.
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