Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has, on Thursday, provided an update on the club’s contract talks with star striker Danny Ings.
Prolific hitman Ings has of course enjoyed another solid campaign to date.
The 28-year-old has reestablished himself as one of English football’s most feared strikers over the last 18 months or so, proving a key cog in an impressive Southampton side.
After racking up a stellar 22 goals in the Premier League last season, Ings, despite fitness concerns, has since found the net a further 12 times across 26 league appearances this time around.
Such exploits had helped Hasenhuttl’s men to a surprise challenge for European football earlier in the campaign, though the Saints have since slipped well off the pace of the top-6.
‘I am positive’
As such, it goes without saying that Southampton are no doubt keen to keep hold of Ings for as long as possible.
With such impressive production, however, comes inevitable outside interest.
And recent months have seen one outfit in particular persistently tipped to launch an offensive in a bid to land the Saints’ star performer.
The side in question? Tottenham.
Amid suggestions that Ings is stalling on putting pen to paper on a new deal at St. Mary’s, the north Londoners have been named as a potential summer landing spot.
In turn, speaking during his latest press conference on Thursday afternoon, it came as little surprise when Ralph Hasenhuttl was asked for an update on the status of negotiations between club and player.
And, despite reports to the contrary, the Austrian appeared confident in Southampton’s chances of tieing Ings down for the long-term, albeit ‘maybe not right now’:
‘He knows we want him to stay with us, as long as he wants.’
‘I am positive that it will happen, maybe not right now but I am positive that over the next few months we will get this chance.’
‘With Danny, we are a different side. He makes chances and scores when he doesn’t have a chance. He is so important for us.’
The latest on Danny Ings’ contract talks with #SaintsFC: Ralph Hasenhuttl says he is ‘positive’ that the striker will sign..
💬 “I am positive that it will happen, maybe not right now but I am positive that over the next few months we will.”https://t.co/d3cgv1SJZy
— Tom Leach (@TomLeachHL) May 12, 2021
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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