Nathaniel Clyne delays Southampton contract talks until summer - sources

Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne has told his club that he will not make any decision on his future until this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

Reports earlier this month had suggested that Clyne had turned down a lucrative new contract offer from Southampton, with Manchester United continuing to be linked with a move for the 23-year-old who has impressed in the Premier League his season.

Yet ESPN sources suggest Clyne has informed Southampton that he will sit down and discuss his options with the club at the end of the Premier League campaign, when he will have just one year left to run on his Saints contract.

Confirmation that Clyne is reluctant to fully commit to Southampton will fuel speculation that he will be the next high profile departure from the club this summer, with French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin also being linked with a move away at the end of this season.

However, Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has insisted the impressive progress made by Ronald Koeman's side this season after a clutch of players left the south coast club last summer suggests possible departures should not concern the Saints supporters.

"It may be that Schneiderlin and Clyne leave this summer, but look at what happened last summer when lot of players left and we just rebuilt and came back stronger," Le Tissier told LBC radio. "Southampton is a well run club and if players leave, we will just go out and replace them as we have done successfully this season."