Jose Fonte has pledged his future to Southampton after a reported move to Manchester United failed to go through.
The Saints captain was linked with a move away from St Mary’s Stadium this summer after an impressive Euro 2016 performance with Portugal.
United were one of the clubs reported to be interested in the 32-year-old after his international showings, with Fonte also represented by Jorge Mendes, the same agent as Reds boss Jose Mourinho.
Southampton manager Claude Puel grew frustrated with the timing of reports surrounding Fonte’s future, which coincided with their first Premier League game of the season against United, and after Wednesday saw the close of the summer transfer window Fonte posted a statement on social media reiterating his commitment to the south coast club.
Fonte’s statement read: “Once in the national team only national team interviews/talks are allowed hence my ‘let’s leave that for another time’ when asked about questions regarding my own club situation.
“To make it perfectly clear to everyone that might have some difficulty understanding I am a Southampton player, and proudly have been since 2010, understand that once I step on the pitch with the Saints shirt and armband I give my blood, sweat and tears for the club and will always will no matter what you read or think.
“My professionalism means everything to me, and no one can point me a finger about it. I am fully committed to succeed with my two teams @southamptonfc and @selecoesportugal.
“Thank you #wemarchon.”