Koeman: No mass Southampton exodus this year

After a close-season of extensive upheaval at St Mary’s Stadium last summer, the Saints manager is confident that he will not have to deal with many sales this time

Ronald Koeman is confident that Southampton will not have to cope with a raft of close-season departures this summer as they did last year.

Ahead of the Dutchman’s first season in charge at St Mary’s Stadium, the Saints saw the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw all leave for Premier League rivals.

Nevertheless, the team recovered well and managed to challenge for Europa League qualification.

Koeman expects a quieter transfer window this time around, despite the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne being linked with moves away.

“I think it will be more stable than last year, that’s for sure,” he told reporters. “We had so many changes in the team and I don’t think that will happen again.”

Koeman praised captain Jose Fonte, who was named Southampton’s player of the year by fans and team-mates, for taking the time to talk to Clyne and Schneiderlin in a bid to persuade them to sign new deals with the club.

He added: “That’s Jose by himself rather than being asked by me.

“The award means a lot for Jose. He is the captain of the team. He would like everybody to stay because that means that we will have a good team for next season.”