Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has claimed that the addition of Cedric Soares does not mean that Nathaniel Clyne is on his way out of the club.
The Saints swooped to and the Portuguese right-back from Sporting CP earlier this week, and with their current player being linked with Liverpool speculation has gone into overdrive.
Brendan Rodgers’ Reds are thought to be confident of snapping up the England ace, whose contract is about to enter its final 12 months, as they plot to replace Glen Johnson.
However, ‘Le Tiss’ – who is a hero on the South Coast and well-connected at the club – does not see Soares’ addition as an admission that Clyne is leaving:
“Southampton were already short in the right back position, Cedric Soares’ signing doesn’t necessarily mean Nathaniel Clyne is on his way,” he told talkSPORT.
Le Tissier went on to say that his old side haven’t yet “given up hope” of keeping hold of Clyne:
“Southampton haven’t given up hope just yet. When Clyne missed matches last year, other people had to fill in.”
Clyne shone for Southampton last term, with his presence at right-back key in the club’s impressive defensive record – only champions Chelsea conceded fewer Premier League goals.