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    iswhite10 wrote:
    J7junctionseven wrote:
    Oh sh!t.....Statemant from Krueger! That means Lallana will be sold in the next couple of days..;0(
    Will you please stop this ridiculous knee jerk cynicism, what else would you hope our club would day on Rickies departure?
    We can't offer Rickie what Liverpool offers him, he HAS given us 5 fabulous years, and it's sad he's going, but new opportunities will be offered.
    Plus if Adam and Luke get the same opportunity how can we say no?
    I believe we will still grow and develop as a club but right now I think we're being told the truth so let's judge the board and Kath by their and her actions shall we?
    Judge at the end of this transfer window.
    'If Adam and Luke get the same opportunity how can we say no?'

    Very easily actually. This is a football club and a business first and foremost, it isn't a charity as far as I'm aware.

    Personally I'd put the wishes of 30,000 stakeholders (fans and the club) ahead of the wishes of individuals who signed long term contracts in good faith because, a year ago, they wanted to secure their place in the Premier League with Saints, thus getting the chance to showcase their talents and get in the England squad.

    Luke is arguable, but the key thing is not to start an exodus and the only way we may be able to do this is by clamping down.

    People will say contracts aren't worth the paper they are written on, but if that's the case why did we have the likes of Barnard and Forecast on our books sitting around for five seasons?

    I didn't see them happily agreeing to terminate their deals.

    No, sorry, unless the money allows us to replace those players with equal quality replacements and money over they can get lost.

    Luke's case is less clear cut, but if you're telling me we can replace Adam Lallana for less than £20 million (once the Bournemouth money is taken into account) I'd have to argue about that.

    He's our captain and as our captain he needs to lead by example, accept we need him and get on with it.

    I just hope any new manager comes in and insists on seeing the players in action before sanctioning any deals, because it's very easy to take the money to bring in your own players if you don't appreciate how good some of these players are."
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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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