Clyne “flattered by the interest”

Clyne “flattered by the interest”

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Nathaniel Clyne has said he is “flattered by the interest” from other top-flight clubs.

It is the latest hint from the Southampton full-back that he will leave the club in the summer.

The England international was left out of Southampton’s starting XI last weekend against Hull, despite manager Ronald Koeman saying he would be in the squad next week, and that he had just decided to rest him.

Clyne has received interest from both Chelsea and Manchester United. The Reds have had a long-standing interest in the defender, and Chelsea reportedly scouted him during the Saints’ defeat to Everton.

The Saints have offered the defender and contract extension. But Clyne, whose current deal runs until 2016, is believed to have turned it down as he is conscious of the interest from bigger clubs.

“I’m flattered by the interest from the big clubs,” said the 24-year old. “It shows I’m doing well and I’ve had a good season.

“Champions League football is everyone’s dream and hopefully we can do it for Southampton,” he said. “I am an ambitious person and I want to play Champions League football. To win the title and the FA Cup, that is what I want.”

Clyne also outlined his disappointment at being dropped on Saturday from what has been the best defence in the Premier League.

“It was a bit of a shock but there are a lot of players fighting for positions and when you are not in the team you just have to keep fighting to get back in. Right now I’m just focused on playing for Southampton. There are still lots of points to play for.”

The south coast club are in no hurry to sell, with little debt. Indeed, owner Katharina Liebherr lent the club an extra £20 million a few weeks ago. However, the Saints have recent transfer history with United – they sold fellow full-back Luke Shaw to the Reds last summer for £30 million.