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Southampton want to retain key duo Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama

Published 05/01/2016

Sadio Mane has attracted plenty of interest during his time at Southampton
Sadio Mane has attracted plenty of interest during his time at Southampton

Southampton remain determined to keep hold of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama this month despite recent disciplinary issues, Press Association Sport understands.

Speculation over the highly-rated pair's Saints futures has mounted in recent days after issues before and during Saturday's 1-0 loss at Norwich.

Ronald Koeman benched attacker Mane for the Carrow Road encounter after again turning up late for a team meeting, having been dropped for the same reason against Liverpool in February.

Wanyama started against Norwich but ultimately cost Saints, with Alex Tettey scoring the winner three minutes after the Kenyan midfielder was sent off for collecting a second booking.

The weekend indiscipline saw talk increase that the pair could exit in January, but Press Association Sport understands Saints remain determined to keep hold of the African duo.

While Mane's tardiness irked manager Koeman, the Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain target's late arrival to the team meeting is understood to have been accepted as a genuine mistake.

Wanyama, reportedly on Arsenal and Tottenham's radar, agitated to leave St Mary's during the summer and handed in a transfer request, but the club intend to keep him this month.

When asked a fortnight ago about possible January departures, particularly the possibility of Wanyama leaving, Koeman said: "They talk about players from Southampton because we have some good players and there is always interest in players.

"And the ambition of players is about playing Champions League.

"We know what we like to do and how we like to do our business.

"That means in January nobody will leave Southampton."

Earlier in December, the Saints boss said a bid of £100million would not even be enough to tempt the club to sell a key player such as Mane.

"No, no, not in January," he said. "Already we spoke about that situation and we sell nobody in January.

"Nobody, even when they pay £100million."

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