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Premier League: Southampton captain Jose Fonte submits transfer request

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Southampton club captain Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request, claims the club’s director of football Les Reed.

Fonte, 33, who was part of Portugal national team that won the Euro 2016 in France, has 18 months left to run on his current deal, which he signed in October 2015.

Despite having the chance to sign an improved deal and get a pay hike, the lanky defender has asked to leave the club, as per Reed.

"He's had several opportunities to improve the contract situation. He's reserved his right not to do that," Les Reed was quoted in a report from BBC.

"He's made it very clear he would like to explore the opportunities for a transfer.

"That's where we are at the moment, Jose wants to leave the club. He's formally asked for a transfer," he added.

Fonte, who joined Southampton from Crystal Palace in January 2010, was highly linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer.

After guiding Portugal to Euro 2016 glory, he wrote on Instagram account last month: "Just to set the record straight I did not reject a new contract. In fact, I have been informed by Southampton that they are not offering me a new contract."

However, Reed insists new terms have been offered to Portuguese defender. "What was offered to Jose was, in my view, quite significant off the back of the contract he signed in October 2015.

"Six months later we were prepared to improve that contract and extend it. He has turned down the opportunity to increase his salary, and he's turned down the opportunity to get another permanent year on his contract.

“Jose is obviously 33 years of age, and maybe feels there is a different opportunity for him out there to be able to finish his career with a bumper contract. He has been a great servant to the club and we respect that,’’ Reed concluded.

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