Jay Rodriguez has ended speculations over his future by extending his contract at the St Mary’s Stadium. [Picture: Getty]
Arsenal’s hope of landing England International Jay Rodriguez have been cut short after the Southampton striker put pen to paper a new four-year contract.
The forward extended his stay at the St Mary’s Stadium yesterday and revealed his delight at securing his future with the club and putting to rest interest from other clubs.
Despite being out for more than a year with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, that has not prevented the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool being linked with a summer move for the 25-year-old.
“I’m delighted,” Rodriguez told Southampton’s official YouTube channel.
“It’s a great club and we’ve done amazingly this year.”
“It’s been a tough year for myself being out, but I’m really delighted to sign the contract. It’s now about looking forward to the future.”
Saints manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that there had been strong interest from big clubs for Rodriguez, but added that he is delighted the player has extended his stay at the club.
“This is very good news for the club because there was some speculation about Jay and interest from other big clubs, so it is a compliment to the club that we have an agreement.”
“It’s a good start to the summer business for us because it shows that everyone here is convinced by what we want to achieve.”
Arsenal are reported to have included Rodriguez in their wish-list this summer, but will now look elsewhere for a striker as Arsene Wenger prepares for a major title challenge next season.
Rodriguez joined the Saints from Burnley in 2012 and has scored 26 goals in 75 appearances.
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