Fonte lets Saints fans in on contract delay

Jose Fonte is still “waiting” for an improved contract offer from Saints – months after the proposed new deal was initially discussed.

Southampton: Fonte lets Saints fans in on contract delay Southampton: Fonte lets Saints fans in on contract delay

But the Portugal international says his sole focus is on putting in the performances that can enable the club to enjoy another successful season.

Fonte, who was linked to Manchester United after his stellar displays at Euro 2016, insists any question marks over his future aren’t a distraction.

In August, Southampton appeared optimistic that their captain would accept a significant pay rise on his current deal that expires in 2018, but the 32-year-old claims there has been little progress over his future.

“There’s nothing on the table, so I’m waiting,” Fonte said. “I’ll see what happens.

“I’m just focusing on performing above all and we’ll see what happens.

“We haven’t agreed anything, so it’s just talks.”

Fonte was thought to have been offered a pay rise during the summer to bring him in line with Saints’ top earners.

However, there were no plans to offer him an extension on his current deal, with Saints aware that their skipper would be a few months off his 35th birthday and nearing the end of his playing career by the time his contract ends in the summer of 2018.

When pressed on the issue, he told the Daily Echo: “There were some talks but there hasn’t been for a while. Like I said, I’m focusing on my job and we’ll see what happens in the future.

“But I’m not concerned about that, just concerned about performing and doing well for my club.”

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