Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed he does not care about Danny Ings’ mentality for Euro 2020 and has said the striker must put Southampton first.
Hasenhuttl discusses Ings
However, ahead of the Saints’ clash with West Brom on Monday, Hasenhuttl claimed that Ings must concentrate on the St Mary’s Stadium outfit above all else. He said (via football365.com):
“If he has a (place in the) Euros or not, he is part of this club.
“He has a contract with this club, so that contract means he has to do everything and just to help us, this is the deal we made.
“I don’t care about the mentality for the Euros, this is something like a bonus for him.
“The most important thing is that he helps us win games, that he helps us in climbing the table and that he helps us maybe come into the FA Cup final.
“This is the deal we have with him, and so long as he is here, he tries to give his part to this deal and we give our part of the deal.
“We offer him everything that is possible to make him better – and this is how it should be with every player.”
Of course, Ings will have eyes on the international tournament this summer, and he will no doubt want to be a part of the squad. However, as Hasenhuttl says, the Saints must come first, especially as they still have so much to play for. While the Saints are 10 points above the relegation zone as it stands (Sky Sports), they are not yet mathematically safe, and they also face Leicester City in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend.
Will Ings sign a new contract at Southampton?
Ings’ future at Southampton remains uncertain as rumours continue to circle about a potential move away from the south coast. For now, though, he remains a Saints player, and as their top scorer he has a big role to play between now and the end of the season.
In other news, Southampton are interested in this midfielder.
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