Tadic set for new deal after Saints U-Turn – report

Date published: Friday 15th July 2016 1:11

Dusan Tadic: Set for a new contract

Dusan Tadic: Set for a new contract

New Southampton boss Claude Puel reportedly poised to offer Dusan Tadic a new contract just weeks after he wanted to leave St Mary’s.

According to the Daily Star, Tadic, 27, fell out with Ronald Koeman and was planning leaving Saints, but the arrival of Puel has seen the Serbian have a change of heart. After talks between the pair Tadic has been assured that he has a future with the club after scoring 11 goals in 65 Premier League games since arriving from FC Twente in a £10.9million deal in 2014.

Saints have already tied down Fraser Forster, Steven Davis, Ryan Bertrand, Virgil van Dijk and James Ward-Prowse to long-term deals recently and Shane Long is believed to be close to agreeing a new improved contract on the south coast.

Tadic, whose present contract expires in 2018, scored seven Premier League last season and was highly impressive in the early part of the season before fading as Koeman’s men finished sixth in the Premier League.

Koeman dismissed reports linking Tadic with a move away from Southampton in April.

“For every player if he doesn’t start regularly it’s difficult,” said Koeman of Tadic.

“You talk about what came out in the press, I spoke to Dusan and he was totally surprised. He’s one of the players that if he has a problem he will talk to the manager. We have good contact.

“Even in the winter time when he wasn’t playing all the time we spoke about his situation. There’s no problem at the moment and for next season we will see what happens.”

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