New signing does not mean Southampton star’s exit is imminent, claims club legend

Southampton club legend Matt Le Tissier insists Cedric Soares’ arrival at St Mary’s Stadium does not mean in any way mean that Nathaniel Clyne is on his way out of the club.

The Saints secured the signature of Portuguese right-back Soares earlier this week for £3.6 million from Sporting Lisbon.

And while the fact that he plays in the same position as Clyne has led many to believe that Saints boss Ronald Koeman is planning ahead in anticipation of the latter leaving the club, Le Tissier – who played more than 400 times for the Saints in the league – is keen to stress that this is not necessarily the case.

“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.

“Southampton haven’t given up hope just yet. When Clyne missed matches last year, other people had to fill in.”

Fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester United have both been strongly linked with moves for Clyne. The England international enjoyed a hugely successful season on the south coast last year, making 41 appearances in all competitions, and is believed to be valued at around £15 million.