With key Southampton player Nathan Redmond penning a new long term extension to his contract at the beginning of August, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has been speaking positively about his hopes that skipper, and fellow key player, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, will also soon agree a new extension of his own shortly.
The 24-year-old Danish international has significantly developed as a player during his time at St Mary’s Stadium, and having shelled out a reported £12.8million for him back in 2016 as he made the switch from Schalke, he’s proven to be worth every penny and now even wears the armband at the club.
The midfielder will soon be going into the final 18 months of his existing deal though, and speaking ahead of the return of Premier League football as we face newly promoted Sheffield United this weekend at Bramall Lane, Hasenhuttl told the Daily Echo.
“We are always in contact with his agent and Pierre knows about his important role for this club. He is the captain of the team and is always the player I have many conversations with. His opinion is important to me also. He showed in the last month that he is a real captain and always positive and trying to go forward. This is what we need.”
The Austrian gaffer added.
“Like Nathan, it is a good signal if Pierre decides to stay with us longer. We would be happy that is for sure and he is a very important player for our team.”
With the club looking to turn around our fortunes and struggles in recent years this season, seeing Hojbjerg contract up for longer would be another boost for everyone as we continue to seek improvement.