Ronald Koeman insists he is in no rush to sign a new Southampton contract but remains adamant he will be at St Mary’s next season.
Southampton boss Koeman has been linked with a move to Everton and also been touted as Arsenal’s preferred long-term successor to Arsene Wenger.
Koeman’s current St Mary’s contract expires next summer, and the former Holland defender claims there is no need to discuss an extension now.
When asked if he will manage Southampton next season, Koeman replied: “Yes, of course. I have one year of my contract.
“I don’t like to talk about individual clubs because I think everybody has ambition, and I have that also, but I signed a three-year contract with Southampton.
“The club spoke to me about the next five years in planning, we didn’t speak about a contract, but it’s still not the end of the season and we have plenty of time for that.
“Rumours are rumours and rumours will be always in football.
“What I don’t like is to always go into that and talk about rumours because I don’t know.”
Koeman remained coy on whether he will entertain the idea of a contract extension at St Mary’s, but was at pains to explain he never looked more than 12 months ahead in his three years at Feyenoord.
“If the club likes to talk they will come and I will see,” said Koeman.
“I won’t knock on their door.
“When I worked in Feyenoord I signed three times a one-year contract and we spoke in January.
“There’s time enough. Why one year before? We can wait, no problem. We can wait.”