Rodriguez signs new Southampton contract

The forward, who was a target for Tottenham and Liverpool last summer, has been out of action for over a year but pens a new four-year deal

Jay Rodriguez has signed a new four-year contract with Southampton.

The 25-year-old has been out of action for over a year after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in April, 2014, dashing hopes of a World Cup place with England after scoring 15 goals in the Premier League.

Rodriguez is now concentrating on returning to first-team action after taking part in training, telling the club’s official website: I’m delighted. It’s a great club and we’ve done amazingly this year.

“It’s been a tough year for myself being out, but I’m really delighted to sign the contract. It’s now about looking forward to the future.

“The medical staff have all worked tirelessly with me, so this is great news. I just want to carry on improving now and to try to get some game time.”

Tottenham and Liverpool were both keen on the England international last summer despite fitness concerns, with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman delighted to tie the forward down.

“This is very good news for the club because there was some speculation about Jay and interest from other big clubs, so it is a compliment to the club that we have an agreement.  

“It has been a difficult time for Jay who has been doing everything to come back. It’s a good start to the summer business for us because it shows that everyone here is convinced by what we want to achieve.”