Southampton executive director Les Reed is not too concerned about the fact that the club has lost a number of key players this summer.
Captain Adam Lallana and dependable striker Rickie Lambert have both joined Liverpool, teenage left-back Luke Shaw has departed for Manchester United and promising right-back Calum Chambers has headed for Arsenal but Reed is not losing faith despite the exodus of star players.
"Our position remains unchanged in that we are determined to keep our best young players at the club, as is evidenced by the decision to award Harrison Reed a new long-term contract last week,” Reed told the club’s official website.
"He adds to the list of committed young professionals like James Ward Prowse, Sam Gallagher, Jack Stephens, Jordan Turnbull, Matt Targett, Sam McQueen and others who have seen plenty of first-team activity recently.
"We have an abundance of talent in the academy coming through, and everybody at the club is continuing to work hard on bringing in quality new players as we build a team capable of taking us further forward in the coming seasons.
"It is important in the transfer window to remain calm, resilient and above all patient. We have targets, and we are working hard to get them across the line."
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