Speculation over future is 'strange' - Southampton boss

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

Claude Puel has insisted that he is "comfortable" at Southampton and is only focused on Sunday's final-day meeting with Stoke City.

Frenchman Puel signed a three-year deal last summer but it has been reported that Southampton's match against Stoke will be his last in charge.

"I am under contract and I am comfortable with Southampton", Puel said.

"We have an opportunity to finish up in the table and it's a good thing after this long and hard season". "I think all of that should be properly debriefed, analysed next week and then we need to move with whatever is best for the club at that point".

Puel is unpopular among the club's supporters - he was subjected to boos during Southampton's 0-0 draw against Manchester United earlier this week which marked the club's fourth consecutive match in which they have failed to score - while they have grown frustrated with his negative tactics, too.

According to the Daily Mail, Puel has repeatedly clashed with numerous players this season, who are unhappy at his erratic rotation policy.

Mourinho is likely to be preparing his team for that crunch game against Ajax as the Red Devils look to secure their spot in Europe's elite club competition.

"A lot of people ask me what the possibilities are for this team, and it's about having a good focus about the game (on Wednesday), not having to focus on relegation, Europa League games or different things, and I'm happy with all the work we can do on the pitch and in the training sessions".

He has also had to work for a good portion of the season without centre-back Virgil van Dijk and striker Charlie Austin, two of his most influential players.

"When I spoke with our opponents' players and staff, they give congratulations about our players and our quality and all of this is a good response to the speculation".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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