Danny Ings won’t be sold this summer confirms boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The Southampton striker has just 12 months left on his contract and has attracted interest from clubs like Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Hasenhuttl confirmed that it will be a major risk to let go of their prized asset for free next summer.
“He’s our player for another year, we paid a lot of money for him,” the Austrian manager told BBC Radio Solent.
“When we brought him here, we invested a lot to get him to the highest level and how he is at the moment.
“We stuck with him with all these injuries he had, gave him the time to recover, gave him the time to perform.
He continued: “There’s no reason to sell him, but it’s always a risk for the player when you go into your final year without a contract.
“That’s why it’s never good for anybody, not for us, not for him because you never know what can happen in football – injuries can happen, which nobody wants.”
“People on our team are telling him what to do, we have our opinions about what we want him to do.
“He’s our player and we’d love him to be here, but one thing is also clear – when he is not extending his contract, that it is not a perfect situation for him, it’s not a perfect situation for us.”