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SportValery form earns defender new Southampton deal

21:15  14 march  2019
21:15  14 march  2019 Source:   goal.com

Yan Valery reveals early career guidance from Sadio Mane

Yan Valery reveals early career guidance from Sadio Mane Yan Valery has revealed he moved to England in 2015 because Southampton had the “best academy in the country” and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was the player to give him guidance in exchange for cleaning his boots. The 20-year-old has been considered as one of Southampton’s brightest youth prospects for years now and has finally integrated himself in with the first-team under Ralph Hasenhuttl this season. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sam Cunningham on i news, Valery explained why he came to England and how Mane offered guidance to help him settle in during his St. Mary’s days.

Southampton have rewarded Yan Valery for a breakthrough Premier League season by giving the defender a new four-year contract. Valery scored his first Premier League goal with a stunning strike in a 3-2 loss at Manchester United this month and followed up with another goal in Southampton 's next

Southampton have rewarded Yan Valery for a breakthrough Premier League season by giving the defender a new four-year contract. Valery scored his first Premier League goal with a stunning strike in a 3-2 loss at Manchester United this month and followed up with another goal in Southampton 's next

Valery form earns defender new Southampton deal © Getty Images Southampton defender Yan Valery

Southampton have rewarded Yan Valery for a breakthrough Premier League season by giving the defender a new four-year contract.

Valery scored his first Premier League goal with a stunning strike in a 3-2 loss at Manchester United this month and followed up with another goal in Southampton's next game, a 2-1 comeback win at home to Tottenham.

The 20-year-old has become Southampton's first choice right-back under Ralph Hasenhuttl, who is thrilled to tie the academy graduate down to fresh terms.

"Yan's development has been fantastic in the last few months," said Hasenhuttl. "I think he is a player who embodies precisely the philosophy of Southampton, as he is young and forward-thinking.

We were not far away - Hasenhuttl praises beaten Saints

We were not far away - Hasenhuttl praises beaten Saints A late Romelu Lukaku goal denied Southampton a point at Old Trafford, but boss Ralph Hasenhuttl had only praise for his side.

Southampton defender Cedric Soares has signed a new four-year contract keeping him at the club until 2020. Cedric joined Southampton for £4.7m last summer and made 27 appearances in the 2015-16 season, scoring twice. The 24-year-old played four times at Euro 2016 as part of the Portugal

Valery praises Academy after signing new deal . Much like Southampton , Rennes, as they are widely known, have a reputation for producing notable young players, with the likes of World Cup winner Ousmane Dembélé, as well as Sylvain Wiltord and Mikaël Silvestre, part of their alumni.

"He has been given trust by us, and in return he has shown exactly what we want to see, which is a brave player who believes in himself and is willing to work on his deficits to get better.

"Already you can see Yan has improved defensively, and his goals against teams like Manchester United and Tottenham are big signs of how much his confidence has been growing.

"Players like Yan are the future of Southampton Football Club, not just the present, so I am very pleased for him and for us that he has signed this new contract."

Southampton, 16th in the Premier League after beating Spurs, return to action on March 30 with a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Southampton negotiating move for Rennes attacker Nkada.
Southampton are reportedly pursuing a deal to sign Rennes forward Timothe Nkada. According to Foot Mercato, as cited by GFFN, the Saints are keen to add the youngster to their ranks following his impressive form for the French club’s reserve side throughout the season. Nkada has played 16 times for Rennes’ second string this term and has been scoring freely, with 11 to his name so far. The 19-year-old is reportedly biding his time on discussing a new contract with the Ligue 1 outfit as he waits to see whether or not a concrete offer will be submitted by Southampton, who are said to be interested in signing him.

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