Ralph Hasenhuttl has suggested Ryan Bertrand’s Southampton career may soon be over.
The Lowdown: Bertrand’s contract is running out
Bertrand has been at St. Mary’s Stadium since 2014, but his contract is set to run out at the end of this current campaign (Transfermarkt).
As of yet, it remains unclear whether the 31-year-old will put pen to paper on a new deal, even though he did say in December that he would like to stay on the south coast for the foreseeable future (via The Daily Echo).
The Latest: Hasenhuttl shares thoughts
Ahead of Southampton’s clash with Liverpool this weekend, Hasenhuttl was discussing the future of the left-back. He said (via Hampshire Live):
“We are looking at other targets because the offer we have made has not been accepted from his side.
“When this happens, when there is no solution for the future in this position, we will have to look at other options.”
The Verdict: On the way out
These latest comments do not indicate that Bertrand has a long-term future at the club, and it appears to be of his own doing. If the £9m-valued former Chelsea defender (Transfermarkt) will not sign a new contract, there is very little Hasenhuttl can do – as such, he must look for alternatives.
Will Bertrand be at Southampton next season?
The reasons behind Bertrand’s desire to leave are uncertain. At 31, he is approaching the end of his career, and a move to a top club may have already sailed. Unfortunately, if he does leave this summer, it will mean Southampton will not receive a transfer fee, but after 240 matches for the Saints, they may have already had their money’s worth.
In other news, Southampton are interested in this 21-year-old.
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