Southampton Manager Claude Puel has dismissed suggestions Southampton will look to sell captain Jose Fonte in the January transfer window.
Fonte, who has just 18 months remaining on his contract at St Mary’s, revealed on Wednesday he would not be offered an extended deal by the Saints.
“It’s not true, about not playing so he can move in January,” he told a press conference.
“We prepare for an important game and for me it is only important to speak about the team and the game – other things concerning individuals is not part of the collective or important for me – about Jose or not.”
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Contract Situation When asked about Fonte’s continued absence from the Europa League matches, the Southampton manager added: “He would have played against Sparta (Prague) but he had an injury.
“I am happy and satisfied about Maya Yoshida and we are lucky to have good centre backs in this team.
“The others deserve game time as well. It’s all about balance with the other players. It’s important to consider all the team.”