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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Koeman's focus on run-in

Ronald Koeman held a meeting with Southampton's players to refocus their minds on European qualification after Victor Wanyama's future came under question.

Tomorrow is arguably the Saints' biggest match of their season, with former manager Mauricio Pochettino returning to St Mary's for the first time since leaving for Tottenham in the summer.

Just a point and a place separate Koeman's men from Spurs in sixth, although this season's surprise success has brought with it speculation that players will exit much like last summer. Wanyama denied making those comments in subsequently deleted Twitter posts - an incident which proved the catalyst to Koeman sitting his squad down yesterday morning.

"I spoke to Victor this morning," Koeman said.

"We had a meeting with all the players because what we need is now to really have the focus on the last five games. We play for a European position on the table. We have a massive game this Saturday and no interest in talking about rumours in the press about future and contracts."

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