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21:15  14 march  2019
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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.

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.

Yan Valery is Southampton's most exciting young player

Yan Valery is Southampton's most exciting young player Southampton took a big risk in January as they neglected to sign a new right-back following the loan exit of Cedric Soares, with Ralph Hasenhuttl placing his trust in academy graduate Yan Valery. When the Portuguese international completed his move to Inter Milan until the end of the season, Valery had played only 10 games of senior football after being thrown in at the deep end. Mark Hughes started the Frenchman in Southampton’s Carabao Cup

"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.

Results: Southampton's Greatest Ever Defender.
Yesterday we asked you, our Read Southampton followers, to vote in a winner stays on-style duel to determine who you think is the club’s greatest defender of all time. Of course, there were players from the past and present included in the 10-man list but one player stood out from the rest and was the conclusive winner – based on recent events in the footballing world it’s not difficult to guess who he is. We decided to offer this vote on the back of Yan Valery’s rise to prominence in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans this season, with the 19-year-old not only impressing defensively but also scoring in the last two games.

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