Southampton have certainly turned things around since Ralph Hasenhuttl took charge at The St. Mary’s Stadium.
The Saints have started to climb away from the relegation zone and are starting to move up the Premier League table in the right direction.
One man that has been an important figure for the club is Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Hasenhuttl has made it clear how important the player is to him.
The Austrian manager has revealed he sees the Denmark international as a possible long-term future captain – although his disciplinary record would need improvement.
However, he also revealed that he knows the 23-year-old has attracted plenty of interest from some ‘famous’ clubs and is determined to keep him at the club so he can build a team around him.
Speaking to the Southern Daily Echo, Hasenhuttl said: “I see him as the captain for the future if he doesn’t get so many red cards.
“I missed him a lot in the last few games.
“I know that a lot of good and famous clubs in Europe have him on their list.
“We know that we are not alone in the Premier League, the big clubs are hunting for the good players.
“I think we have a few who are in the focus of these clubs.
“For example, Pierre is a player who has a lot of things that I want to have from a player in my team.
“He is one of the guys who you can build a team around. He is professional, very hard working and is one of our key players.”
Hojbjerg has been vital to Southampton’s revival this season under Hasenhuttl and it comes as no surprise that the manager wants to keep him.
However, there will be some concerns over his disciplinary record as he does have the tendency to pick up needless cards during matches, which could cost the club dearly.
With interest in the 23-year-old from big clubs across Europe, Saints will need to do everything in their power to keep Hojbjerg at The St. Mary’s Stadium for as long as possible.
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