Earlier this summer, it was reported that Manchester United manager – Jose Mourinho – was chasing the Southampton skipper Jose Fonte, but nothing materialized at the end.
The 32-year-old Portuguese international may not be the most known personality in the sport, but his experience in the Premier League speaks for him and that is why he is regarded as one of the most toughest players in the league. The former Crystal Palace defender has now alerted Manchester United yet again by raising fresh doubts over his Southampton future.
Fonte, who has more than 250 appearances to his name for the Saints, is surely an important asset for the Saints, but the club have now held discussions over a new £70,000-a-week deal. The defender said:
“There’s nothing on the table, so I’m waiting. I’ll see what happens. I’m just focusing on performing and we’ll see what happens. We haven’t agreed anything, it’s just talks.”
He may not be the youngest player on the pitch, but he still is one of the best in business. His well-timed tackles and his chemistry with has been worth praising. Well, United do have the players like Bailly, Smalling and Blind but besides them, they do no t really have a concrete option to choose from, as both Phil Jones and Marcus Rojo are struggling with their respective cause.
“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.”
Fonte was a part of the Portugal team that won Euro 2016 this year, and has impressed with his performances on the south coast for the last few seasons. This led to the interest from Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd this summer, and they may be tempted to move for Fonte again if Southampton don’t tie him down to a new deal.