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29 May 2017 16:24:13
Eds is Claude Puel actually in talks with St Etienne?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any talks Sam but St Et are very keen on a technically gifted manager to take them forward and are very keen on Claude Puel. His time at Southampton has fond resistance from the club to move forward and a fan base who he doesn't think want him there.}

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23 May 2017 19:40:04
So I've heard a word of mouth rumour, Sam allardyce has been spotted in southampton with possible view to a move to us if Claude Puel is sacked. Not sure if I believe this one I like allardyce as manager bit not what our club needs in my opinion and would rather puel have more time.

Does anyone have anything else on this, is this probably just a rumour?

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23 May 2017 21:02:28
No thanks we ain't in a religation battle YET.

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23 May 2017 21:23:30
He has said he just wants to spend time with his family.

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24 May 2017 09:44:51
I think you've made this one up yourself.

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24 May 2017 12:59:20
He was in Southampton for a friends wedding, no more!

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24 May 2017 23:20:48
Saintysaintsaint I clearly asked a question. It's a rumour site. That's what this site is for. Thank you ozz for clarifying my original question. Not that it was needed after allardyces retirement. It's nice to a been proven that he was spotted in southampton also.

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25 May 2017 18:16:03
He has left Palace with a caveat that if he signs for another PL club within 2 years that CP will be due 2m. Perhaps in 2 years time (or 3 managers time) we will take him.

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25 May 2017 20:37:32
He got £2m for leaving Sunderland (saving them), £1m on leaving the England post and £2m as a bonus for saving Palace. He'll be okay for a few bob - didn't Poch have to pay £2m to us out of his own pocket to join Spuds?

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28 May 2017 13:47:13
I can't see him leaving a premier league club just to pay 2m out of his own pocket to join another premier league club personally. I don't think he is much better than Puel myself anyway. Good coach, but not great.

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21 May 2017 20:18:35
What has happened to our saints. Finishing 8th and a major finah in a normal season that would be a good season but it's the way we've played where is the beautiful flowing football we used to play and above all where are the goals we have the strikers but they and the rest of the team are demoralised they just don't know what Claude peul wants because he doesn't know he is so out of his depth he has to go I just hope the board has the courage to get it done and done quickly so we CAN get back to the Southampton way they are always banging on about.

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19 May 2017 11:57:15
Long has fractured his foot in training and so misses the Stoke game. Anyone else think this could be the same as Calum Chambers stomach bug?

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19 May 2017 12:36:55
Hmm possibly but its international games too.

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19 May 2017 20:21:36
doubtful since he's missing international games too but would he be a big miss? I know fans like him but apart from run a lot he doesn't do all that much - if he wasn't a popular player everyone would be begging to sell him tbh.

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19 May 2017 21:36:09
Fair comment that . I also feel clubs need certain differnet types of players. Simon Davis is the head down quietly going about his work, boufal is the skill flair . shane long is more than legs. he is strong and smart. Plays for fouls in and around the opposing half and in the last 20 minutes when you are struggling to break out and maintain possesion he will chase and win a foul or possession at the right end of the pitch. I am neither here or there if he goes but I like him as a player and what he brings.

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20 May 2017 07:07:59
Steven Davis *.

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18 May 2017 20:40:54
Who will be released at the end of the season and who will be allowed to go? Any suggestions?

{Ed002's Note - Ryan Bertrand and Virgil van Dyke will leave.}

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19 May 2017 00:44:02
Van DIJK obviously will have many suitors. where do you see Bertrand ending up ed002?

{Ed002's Note - I really don't know where he will end up but I do expect him to go.}

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19 May 2017 09:05:36
Ed do you know why he didn't play on Wednesday night against United? Is he injured or could it be because he is leaving?
What fans would take £60mil for VVD, we could reinvest that and spend £20mil on 3 quality players.

{Ed002's Note - I don't know why he didn't play.}

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19 May 2017 13:04:46
Bertrand has been rumoured to Liverpool and Chelsea for some time. With target and McQueen could see them sanctioning this but only 25-30m I would think. If we are not going to play j rod hope he gets a move and much as long try's every game a goal every 5 games or so us not really going to cut it.
See we are linked with Chris wood if that is a goer could see Gallagher going the other way possibly. Seem like for like.
Vvd is the big one can't see him being replaceable and unless we got one of the Chelsea youngsters in exchange and possibly the Leeds guy wild leave us desperately short at CB.

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20 May 2017 23:07:45
Do Kreuger's assurances really count for nothing? I never really thought VVD would stay, but I hoped he might! PS thanks for the comedy typo.

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22 May 2017 12:59:15
VVD to Chelsea. Ryan to Man City and Shane Long to West Ham. Rumours for a rumours site.

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26 May 2017 16:40:16
It wasn't really a rumour about Bertrand, it was Garth Crooks on his team of the week saying that Liverpool should sign him.

Think he should keep his mouth shut.

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14 May 2017 22:45:59
Talk of Virgil, Bertrand and Jack Stephens all offski in the summer.

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14 May 2017 23:32:53
Really? Do you have a source only I haven't heard anything of the sort, particularly the first 2.

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15 May 2017 05:51:30
Erm any newspaper. ever.

{Ed001's Note - basically you could just put Saints' squad list up and I bet most summers there would be less not linked with a move than there would be players that are linked with a move away.}

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15 May 2017 07:14:30
You read it in a newspaper must be true then lol.

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15 May 2017 20:33:38
That Telegraph journo that the Saints board seem to like. But yeah - whole squad list has a price next to their name!

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16 May 2017 17:37:51
VVD's been rumored to any big club that need a CB
Bertrand has been rumored to Liverpool
Haven't heard any from Stephens
Cedric's was rumored to Barcelona
McQueens has been rumored to Liverpool
I read a rumor that Barcelona went to resign Romeu
Tadic has been rumored to a few teams in Italy and Germany
Harrison Reed wants to leave as he's not getting first-team football
So as Ed said yeah pretty much anyone that's put in a decent shift this season is wanted.

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20 May 2017 12:23:29
Seen Tadic rumoured to Real Madrid today! Not sure where they got that info from haha.

Give us Isco and they've got a deal.

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14 May 2017 17:08:08
Eds do you think we will sack puel and get Marco silva and also do you think we will go and get sigurdson in the summer?

{Ed002's Note - Claude Puel is a very good manager but he is not happy with how he is being treated - but I cannot see why Southampton would look to sack him. I would think Gylfi Sigurdsson will have plenty of options in the summer and I would not hold your breath over a Southampton move.}

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15 May 2017 18:14:16
I think if we give him time he could be the best we've ever had. I'd like to see him given another season and see where we are at (or at least until january) with a full preseason and a fit squad he could make us a real force. There's no guarantee a change would be any better. We've got another top ten finish, a cup final we were unlucky to lose. yes our style of play hasn't been the greatest, our home form disappointing, and I hoped from more in Europe. but it has been far from plain sailing. playing twice a week, lots of injuries, the fonte situation, van dijk being injured killed us, and we didn't make the right signings at the right time.
However, I actually think he'll go. Like eds said, the fans are on his back a bit, not sure if he's settled that well. but he's brought through a lot of youth, with 2-3 more signings and cut a bit of the dead wood we could certainly challenge top 6 next year. but only if we keep our best players.

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19 May 2017 12:03:25
I'm starting to feel sorry for Puel. Think his 'communication' skills are an easy excuse for the Board to hide their share of the blame. Didn't the Black Box highlight his style of possession play plus Redmond openly says he argues with Puel on the training ground (don't know why Bertrand has looked so grumpy lately though) . It looks as though he is going but I really can't believe this can be seen as anything but a failure on Les's side and he doesn't have a track record of holding his hand up does he.

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13 May 2017 19:35:04
I think Boufal rivals Osvaldo as a bad buy. Is there any chance him being released from his contract at the end of the season?

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14 May 2017 01:07:37
Seriously?

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14 May 2017 09:04:51
Omg boufal is quality once he gets the premier league he will shine. Next season he will come good most player's need season to settle in moan then if he doesn't shine.

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14 May 2017 18:13:07
I'd say he's more like Ramirez than Ovsaldo. He's good a lot of potential, tries to be over skillful. He struggled for first team football. Think he'll stay to reach a good potential.

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14 May 2017 19:52:14
Boufal had a very rough start, didn't have a pre-season, played a couple of games and showed real promise but was not 100% fit . got injured again and so never had the opportunity to get a run in the team.
Its clear that he cannot play in the same team as Tadic, but you can't dismiss the fact that he has skill, is young and my belief is that next season, he will come into his own.
Why do supporters look for instant fixes, think back to Morgan Schniderlin. started off a bit slow but what a player, another season will see him elevate and integrate with our starting team.
Our midfield are a bit flat footed, we miss Wanyama - Alderwerald- Schniderlin not to mention Mane and Lallana. It will take a while to get something special. but I have every hope that next year we will be looking good.

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16 May 2017 14:28:42
You can add Cedric Soares to the list of slow starts - last season he was lightweight and not as good as Callum Chambers if i remember comments - now he is off to Barcelona and unbelievable Jeff.

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11 May 2017 12:42:41
Following from previous posts discussing Puels position and wether he will stay or go.

If he goes who would you like to see come in and why?

My personally think he should stay but my choice would be Marco Silva. Has worked wonders with Hull, his Olympiacos and Sporting teams always played good quality attacking football.

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12 May 2017 08:50:29
I agree! Marco Silva reminds me of Pochettino, and his style of play will definitely get the fans back onside. I'd also consider David Wagner at Huddersfield - He;s done a great job there and having spent time at Borussia Dortmund beforehand, he comes from good stock ;-)

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12 May 2017 09:08:16
The Express is linking him to us today. I'm all for that.

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12 May 2017 09:15:09
My pick would be Mick McCarthy.

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12 May 2017 09:28:14
If, and a big if Puel leaves then how about Roger Schmidt, he is available having left Bayer.

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12 May 2017 10:46:15
Ranieri?

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12 May 2017 12:00:45
Who was the bloke who was fired because he wouldn't wear the Club suit? He'd do me but can't see Les admitting his failure in appointing Claude in the first place. When we lost at home to Spuds, Les was banging on about Poch having 3 years with his team and Claude only having had 6 months.

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12 May 2017 15:30:56
I've just read about Raneri. I'm not keen for that. Despite him winner the Premier League I don't think he's a great suit for Southampton.

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12 May 2017 17:32:35
I agree with jof33 can't see les listening to the fans until the season ticket renewals take affect and possibly a poor start to the season when he'll have a reason.

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09 May 2017 17:43:29
I've just read that our CEO Gareth Rogers has left the club, to pursue new opportunities.

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09 May 2017 18:48:13
It was announced a few days ago, along with the banal 'restructuring of the Club' and 'nothing to do with any potential takeover'.

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09 May 2017 23:28:40
He was pushed, he didn't jump. allegedly.

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09 May 2017 09:33:06
So with CP saying the VVD will be staying next season (i'll believe it when I see it) who do you think isn't cutting it at the moment?
Think we need a cull in the squad and look to get better replacements.
My list to leave is:

Long
Rodriguez
Martina
Target (Harsh but Mcqueen is better)
Tadic (too lazy and not a team player)
Gardos (think his chance has passed)

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09 May 2017 10:45:41
I don't see any reason to ditch Target. you are allowed to have more than 2 players for any position.
I don't think Harrison Reed has developed much though.

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09 May 2017 11:19:12
Sorry I don't believe anything the club says when it comes to player sales so like every season watch this space. I would offload j-rod he's had time and time again to prove himself poor guy hasn't been himself since he come back from injury he's lost his pace and afraid to put a tackle in.

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09 May 2017 11:50:32
Trouble is IRW that if we take that view we will end up with a huge squad.
Better to keep it trimmed and then see what we can do salary wise to keep the important key members of the first team squad.

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09 May 2017 12:18:22
I would like to see either mcqueen or targett go out on loan, along with reed. They need to get some proper game time and toughen up. Gallagher should come back in to replace j-rod. I'd like to keep long as he works hard but j-rod should go. Gardos obviously needs to go. Martina is out of contract anyway. Tadic should be kept.

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09 May 2017 13:26:47
Reed I feel is a better prospect than classie and only game time at a top level stops him improving more. Gallagher can replace j rid if he goes olomola has pace a plenty if long leaves and that still leaves Austin. Target I'm sure will have bidders but can only go if Bertrand is going to stay and McQueen . Soares if he stays pied can back up. Still need a proven wide man tadic is awol, Boufal not sure and redmond sometimes flatters to deceive. Still not convinced by FF but as an under armour brand ambassador am sure (😇) . He is staying so needs to be kept honest by good number 2. Manolo could Be amazing appears to have it all but why only play him for 60mins.
If we start next season with the main players from this it will be a pleasant surprise and I'd be optimistic on a push for europa again.

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09 May 2017 14:25:10
I agree with the above. Although I love J-Rod, he needs to now ply his trade at pastures new. Gallagher based on his performances this season deserves a place on the bench for the next campaign. I would keep both Targett and McQueen (as they can play in multiple positions, and we still don't know the future of Bertrand) and IMO, the rumours of Gylfi Sigursson would be as a replacement for Tadic.

I also think that our squad will be culled anyway during the close season, as no doubt there will be other 'fringe/ youth' players being added to the group AND as they'll be no Europa League fixtures next year, our squad can be trimmed (in the Directors eyes anyway! ) ;-)

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10 May 2017 07:11:09
Agreed. Tadic is obviously our main man for assists but he doesn't score anywhere near enough. Plus his attitude looks a bit suspect of late. "Too big for his boots" but maybe would change under a new manager. IF he goes then sigurdsson MUST come in. Don't care if we pay 25 mill I think he'd be worth it. Obviously centre half needs at least one player as we all know, probably 2 or 3 if VVD goes. We need to keep Bertrand at all costs he's the best left back in the country. Our youth such as sims etc have done well, I think we have a good squad we just haven't played to the best of our ability and out style hasn't got the best out of them.

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08 May 2017 21:49:10
Been reading all the posts lately and I must admit I have a foot in both camps. We have now assured PL football again for next season which is to be applauded but to me there are some worrying signs. We have looked like a side recently that has much more intention of not conceding rather than trying to compete on the front foot even at home.

I watched the Liverpool game yesterday and though commendable for keeping Liverpool at arms length for most of the game (? ) we did not have one effort on goal. It was probably the most boring game I have seen for a long time, well since Hull City 💤 .

We are not going to get new supporters through the turnstiles playing with such negativity and keeping the likes of Gabbiadini with the style we are playing seems more than doubtful. We are the second lowest scorers in the PL which is worrying. Something is definitely wrong because we should be better than that.

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07 May 2017 20:22:33
Well for all intense and purposes the season is now well and truly over. I think, as supporters, we are in limbo land.

We are not sure about the manager
We are not sure about the owners
We are not sure about who will leave
We have no idea who will come on as replacement for those who leave
We don't know what ambition the club possesses

I said at the start of the season that we were in danger of morphing into Stoke City and do it has become. We survive and stay middle or lower middle in the PL.

Where do we go from here?

We must know who is likely to go, so the club has to decide how much money they want for selling their best assets. Best way to do this is to set a high value on a player and refuse to budge.
We must decide who to offload ( as opposed to sell )
We must sort out the ownership problem. If the club is up for sale then so be it but don't leave the issue hanging too long. This is what has happened with so many teams and the only way is down if this is allowed to drift.

We must decide who to purchase and do this early not wait until 4 or 5 games of next season.

Unless we do this players will not have any desire and SFC will flounder.

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08 May 2017 11:37:02
Easy as that ^^ lol.

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03 May 2017 14:48:22
for the first time in along time I cannot wait for the season to end. I hope for once we do all our business early manager and or players and have a full pre season and then put up a closed sign and gather a squad who want to play and can play for Southampton. If that is talent with potential for us to resell at a later date to fund the club so be it. But please can we do all our business early sell average players who are not up to it and have a real push next season. I find it hard looking at Pochetino and Koeman and the football their teams are playing and look at us. For the first time I wonder if it was the clubs fault they moved on and money is the real business. The free flowing movement under Poch is being sorely missed look what he ahs done at spurs with a not much better squad and no massive investment.

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07 May 2017 15:27:20
Spurs are almost what we could've been with a bit more money really. If you think about where they were when Poch took over, they weren't that far ahead of us really. Then they sign our manager and scouting director and build a very good team, with a lot of good young players coming through!

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02 May 2017 10:02:51
Looks like Chelsea will win race for vvd by offering cash and Andreas Christensen I would rather see them to use cash to buy another defender but take Tammy Abraham instead.

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02 May 2017 11:33:05
How about a look at the Bundesligue for a replacement for VVD (if it happens), maybe Jannik Vestergaard at Borussia Mönchengladbach would fit the bill.

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02 May 2017 23:56:41
Would be great deal tbh, Christensen has always looked a decent talent, could be something special. Obviously I'd rather van Djik stay but I wouldn't be mad at (supposedly) 50 million plus Christensen for him


@Deutsche Saint Christensen's currently on loan at Gladbach, him and Vestergaard have both looked solid this season imo. Getting both in next season although it'll never happen, would be great.

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03 May 2017 12:49:36
The entire rumour is nonsense, if we sign Van Dijk it'll be cash only, player swaps don't usually happen. Came from The Sun who took it from a guy on Twitter saying who he'd like to replace Van Dijk. Enough said.1.

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03 May 2017 23:40:46
Christensen looks quality, but this is very unlikely to happen given that he has been on loan for 2 years now and doing remarkably well, his stock will have increased and Gladbach are going to want to make the move permanent, which I would expect the player to prefer. Add into that, the reported 50m asking price for VD, Chelsea, if they were to include the swap deal, would almost definitely offer something in the region of 25m plus the player.

Incidentally, I rate VD as worth 50m easy, but will we get 59 for him when he obviously wants to leave? I doubt it. Spider-Man, lallana, lovren and mane all went for lower than their value. We are unfortunately a selling club, the buying club names the price when we are involved.

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04 May 2017 18:21:02
weird, because when we sold Lallana for £30 million and Lovren for £20 million we all said how well the club did to get that kind of money for them and how badly we'd ripped off Liverpool.
£30 million for Schneiderlin and £34 for Mane is hardly lower than what their value was when sold


I'd hardly say VVD obviously wants to leave either, if anything has come out about VVD and his willingness to leave is that he wants to stick around for at least another season, can't see the club giving him the captaincy if he's definitely off in the summer neither.

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04 May 2017 21:30:55
VVD didn't make it to the Player Awards - long standing post injury appointment but he told everyone to 'have a good night'.

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