Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted that he is confident that Danny Ings will still be at the club next season, amid speculation linking the striker with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Ings has been prolific in front of goal since moving to the south coast in 2018 and the striker is showing no signs of slowing down, having notched up seven league goals so far this season.
It was reported earlier this month that the England international is stalling on signing a new deal with Southampton and with just 18 months left to run on his contract, it was claimed Tottenham are exploring the chances of making an approach in the summer.
According to reports, the disagreement between the striker’s entourage and the Saints board is over the value of the release clause in his new deal.
Jose Mourinho has refused to comment on the speculation, insisting that Spurs do not need another striker at least until the end of the season, with Harry Kane, Carlos Vinicius and Son Heung-min on their books.
Hasenhuttl has now raved about the 28-year-old and stated that he still has plenty of time left at the top level.
“Around the box, he has qualities like no other in my team and we need this quality.
“I think he can still play for a few years at the highest level, he is not so old.”
When asked if he expects Ings to still be at the St Mary’s next season, Hasenhuttl added: “Next season? For sure. Sure, sure.”
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If it is true that Ings is insisting on a release clause in any new contract with Southampton, then the chances are that he harbours ambitions of moving to a bigger club. However, if he does become available, there will likely be a whole host of clubs interested in his signature.
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