Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has admitted he wants to play in the Champions League amid rumoured interest from Manchester United.
Man United have long been linked with Clyne this season as a potential replacement for Rafael, who looks increasingly likely to leave the club in the summer.
Last night, The Mirror’s David McDonnell took those reports a step further by saying his sources indicated a deal had already been done and Clyne would be on his way to United.
The 24-year-old is nearing the end of his contract at St Mary’s but a new deal hasn’t been forthcoming and speaking about his future, Clyne said he would like to achieve his “dream” of playing in Europe’s elite competition.
”I see myself hopefully playing in the Champions League and competing for titles and trophies. That’s what I’m aiming for,” he said.
“That’s what you play football for, that’s the dream. I would say that’s the next step in my progression.”
United are currently nine points ahead of sixth-placed Southampton in the Premier League following a 4-2 win against Manchester City last weekend.
Southampton have enjoyed a great season but it appears they have fallen at the final hurdle as far as Champions League qualification is concerned. Clyne’s comments suggest a strong interest in a move to United and he would be welcomed with open arms should he come to Old Trafford. Relatively young but proven in the Premier League, he would give United an injection of quality at right-back that Antonio Valencia can’t provide.