Southampton given major boost as £11m-rated star pens four-year deal

Southampton have been given huge boost ahead of the summer transfer window as attacker Jay Rodriguez has signed a new four-year deal with the club, keeping him on the south coast until 2019.

Rodriguez, who is valued at £11 million by, has missed the entire season through injury after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligaments last April but has still been linked with a move away from the Saints.

The injury ruled him out of the World Cup with England last summer and also prevented him from leaving as part of the Southampton exodus, but the likes of Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal have all been linked with moves this summer.

They will all have to look elsewhere now though as the 25-year-old Englishman has committed his future to Southampton.

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“I’m delighted,” Rodriguez told Southampton’s official website. “It’s a great club and we’ve done amazingly this year.

“It’s been a tough year for myself being out, but I’m really delighted to sign the contract. It’s now about looking forward to the future.

“The medical staff have all worked tirelessly with me, so this is great news. I just want to carry on improving now and to try to get some gametime.”

Rodriguez netted 15 goals with three assists in 33 league appearances before picking up that injury last season and will hope to return to preseason training with the squad in July.

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