Southampton chief unaware of takeover talks

Southampton boss Claude Puel has led the club admirably since succeeding Ronald Koeman on the South Coast this summer but it appears he’s not in the loop of everything going on in Hampshire.

Amidst reports of a £200m Chinese takeover being in the offing for the Saints, Puel has stated that he is unaware of the situation.

Puel’s side are preparing for a crucial Europa League clash with Inter Milan tonight and the Frenchman’s comments on the takeover situation came in yesterday’s pre-match press conference:

“I have no idea about the situation.” he said. “I give all my confidence to the president and the people at the club to do things in a good way.”

Southampton’s rise in recent years will certainly have attracted investors and a financial boost could be good for the club, considering they’ve struggled to keep their prized players amidst interest from their rivals.

Sat ninth in the league, Southampton will be looking for more consistency in the coming months as they look to consolidate their place amongst the European hopefuls once again.

The Saints were in League One as recently as 2010/11, but have risen through the divisions after a mighty fall from grace and financial troubles off the pitch.