Stand-in Southampton captain Ryan Bertrand hinted in an interview with Sky Sports last week that he could yet stay with the club next season – in what would be his fifth at St Mary’s – with the recent turnaround under Mark Hughes potentially proving to be key in any decision made.
Saints avoided the drop despite their last-gasp 1-0 defeat against Manchester City on Sunday as Swansea City failed to get the win and 10-goal swing that they required, and it was certainly a close shave for the south coast outfit in what was a hugely disappointing campaign.
Bertrand has already been linked with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Manchester City in recent weeks, and the St Mary’s faithful are probably expecting him to leave given he hasn’t always been overly enthusiastic on the pitch, or at his best – something that ultimately cost him his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup.
We asked Southampton fans to vote on our poll to see whether they want the 28-year-old to stay, and, perhaps a little surprisingly given his demeanour at times, a whopping 90% said they would.
Having been a great servant for the club over the course of the last four years it is maybe more understandable, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the left-back in the coming weeks, with Sam McQueen and Matt Targett both waiting in the wings to take his spot.