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Southampton re-iterate they have no plans to sell this winter

Southampton chairwoman Katharina Liebherr has made it vehemently clear that the club has no plans to offload any star players in January.

There has been some recent uncertainty surrounding the south coast club in the following the resignation of former chairman Nicola Cortese which has led to suggestions that some key squad members could be sold.

The likes of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez have all been linked with Premier League rivals but Liebherr insists that nothing of the sort will occur this month or in the near future.

"The past week has been a period of transition for the club. I wanted to address you directly to clearly set out my position and expectations for the immediate future," Liebherr said on saintsfc.co.uk.

"After the developments of last week, my priority now is to bring some stability and calm to the workings of the club; perhaps a few smiles too.

"Having inherited Southampton Football Club following my father's (Markus Liebherr) untimely passing (in 2010), I am delighted and proud of the exhilarating period of success that the team and the staff has enjoyed these past few years, buoyed by the unstinting support of the fans.

"I am absolutely committed to ensuring that the club continues this success.

"I have met our manager Mauricio Pochettino and have given him my complete support to build on the good work that has already been achieved.

"We have also said that we have no plans to sell any of the squad during the January transfer window. Yesterday I met the rest of the staff and gave them the same message of support.

"We are now in the top half one of the most competitive leagues in the world, playing attractive football with a young and ambitious team, and poised to move into world-class training facilities."

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