Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said the club had no reason to sell Danny Ings but insisted that it is not a perfect situation. The striker will enter into the final year of his contract without a new deal in place. The club have not been able to negotiate with the striker after he turned down a four-year deal. Ings joined Southampton from Liverpool and has scored 41 goals in the Premier League over three years.

“We need this player, we want him to play for us,” Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said about Danny Ings. “But I think it’s never helpful to go into the last season with one year left – this is what I think he should know.”

Ings initially joined Southampton on loan from Liverpool before the saints signed him for £20m the following year. He suffered two long-term knee injuries during his time with the Merseyside club before regaining his form for the Saints. Ings scored 22 goals in the 2019/20 season as well as 12 in the 2020/21 season.

“He’s our player for another year, we paid a lot of money for him. When we brought him here, we invested a lot to get him to the highest level and how he is at the moment. We stuck with him with all these injuries he had, gave him the time to recover, gave him the time to perform.” Hasenhuttl added. “There’s no reason to sell him, but it’s always a risk for the player when you go into your final year without a contract. That’s why it’s never good for nobody, not for us, not for him, because you never know what can happen in football – injuries can happen, which nobody wants.”

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