Southampton chief executive Martin Semmens has claimed that Danny Ings is happy with the club and will stay for the duration of his 18-month contract.
This follows from reports from The Telegraph that the 28-year-old was holding off on a contract extension at St Mary’s because he wants Champions League football next season.
The former Liverpool star has been one of the Premier League’s standout strikers since his £20 million move from Anfield in 2019.
As well as the Reds, reports have indicated that Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United also uphold an interest in the three-time England international.
Manager Ralhp Hassenhuttl confirmed Ings’ unrest towards a new deal earlier this week. “I think if [Ings] wants Champions League football, he scores 10 or 12 more goals we can get there,” he said, per Jeremy Wilson. “Not impossible.”
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Still, amid the growing speculation that there is unrest from Ings’ behalf in regards to his future, Semmens has no immediate concerns that the former Burnley striker is at risk of leaving Southampton.
“Danny is very happy here, he wants to stay with the club and we have enjoyed having him.
“Money is 100 percent not the issue. Danny has put us under no pressure to provide finances that we are not comfortable with. Those rumours are not true.
“Danny is focused on playing games for us and does not want to talk about his future contract, I think people forget that they are humans.
“He has a contract with us for 18 months and he will be with us for that time and we will sit down and talk about the future at some time before then.”
What RTK has to say – Ings to Liverpool was never really a possibility
Well, that certainly puts an end to the possibility that Ings could be in contention for a return to Anfield. Not that there was much validity in such a move materialising anyway.
Unfortunately, for Ings, his time with Liverpool was blighted as a result of injury. Even at Southampton, he hasn’t been able to remain injury-free, which suggests the issues are still there.
Also, Ings will be 29 come the beginning of next season. With that said, given Southampton will likely command an eye-watering fee for the Englishman to leave, it would have been risky for Liverpool to pursue a deal for a player approaching the latter stages of his career.
Indeed, it would have been an exciting prospect seeing Ings back at Anfield. He is already accustomed to Jurgen Klopp’s style of play, after all.
However, the financial restraints at Liverpool make such a possibility unlikely. Whether another Champions League team would be willing to take a gamble on Ings remains to be seen.