Southampton boss backs star midfielder over Arsenal link

first_img1 Southampton manager Ronald Koeman claims his side is fully focused on a strong finish to the season, despite rumours linking Victor Wanyama with Arsenal.The Kenya international was quoted on Thursday claiming Arsenal were interested in his services, but later denied making the comments.Saints are currently seventh in the Premier League table and could rise to sixth with a win over Tottenham on Saturday.However, speculation surrounding the future of several of Koeman’s key players refuses to go away with Morgan Schneiderlin, Nathaniel Clyne and Jay Rodriguez all linked with a move away from St Mary’s this summer.The Dutchman held a meeting with his squad on Thursday morning regarding his side’s European push, and said he believes Wanyama on his links with the Gunners.“I spoke to Victor this morning,” Koeman said.“We had a meeting with all the players because what we need is now to really have the focus on the last five games. We play for a European position on the table.“We have a massive game this Saturday and no interest in talking about rumours in the press about future and contracts and have the focus on the football side.“That’s difficult but it’s not true what they put in the press and I believe the player.“It’s a good signal for everybody that we have to be focused to the football side and not about the contracts. I do not answer any more questions about player’s contracts and the focus on the last five games.”  Koeman added: “It’s not a lot about the players but in my case as well because I have always to answer questions about Schneiderlin, about Clyne, about the future of the players.“I think now is the moment to really focus on what we have to do which is to win the games and not about future of players.“If I keep going talking about future of players, it’s easy for the players to do the same and we said together we need to be focused on the football side and we don’t need to talk about the other side.” Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama last_img

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