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  • "I think there is no doubt if Rickie had been 26 we would of turned the transfer down. At 32 this is his one and only chance to go to Liverpool his home town club> If we had refused that I think most of the players would have thought it wrong and many of the fans. Saints took and developed a player with serious potential, bringing through the leagues to 8th in the premiership. An England career and world cup spot. He re paid us especially in our rise to the premiership with a stream of goals that marked him as special.
    We are a remarkable club who have risen from the ashes of administration to be potentially a top club. I think most will agree that Rickie Luke and Adam would not be on the plane to Brazil if they had played for anyone else. Simply they would not of been given the opportunities that Saints have given them.
    I think RK is correct to delay transfers until a manager is appointed and decides what he wants from the cludb and players, it will obviously be his decision who goes and stays then.
    Gkad for the statement above and in seriousness rickie was an exception and rightly so."
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Southampton say they have no need to accept offers for their players

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger

First published in Sport

Saints have issued a statement following the departure of Rickie Lambert to Liverpool, addressing the issue of transfers and the search for a new manager.

Here it is in full...

"Southampton Football Club can confirm that we have received multiple offers for some of our players in the past weeks. This is a confirmation of the depth of the development that is ongoing in our academy and of the present standing of our first team within the Premier League.

"We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers.

"We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager who will continue to move our club forward.

"It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place.

"Our scouting & recruitment department continues to monitor targets we have identified to improve our squad, and the new manager will have final input into our recruitment process.

"However, Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has reached agreement with Liverpool for the transfer of Rickie Lambert.

"There may be circumstances under which the club will feel it is right for a player to move on. Those circumstances have to be right for the club and the player. This is the case with Rickie’s move to Liverpool.

"When Rickie Lambert requested to leave for Liverpool, the club felt it could not stand in the way of having him fulfil his boyhood dream of playing at home.

"It will be a big challenge to replace him and our intention is to source a quality replacement who will fill his shoes now but also for many years to come.

"Chairman Ralph Krueger commented: “On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Rickie. He served with distinction and helped to take Saints from League 1 to the Premier League.

“Rickie has been a shining light in Saints’ growth and will forever remain an icon in the history of the club. He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Southampton and will always be welcome back at St Mary’s.”

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