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Claude Puel spies long-term stay with Southampton

Claude Puel says he'd love to stay long-term with Southampton.

Puel has promised St Mary's fans not to walk out like predecessors Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino - and wants to follow for Arsene Wenger's example in longevity at Arsenal.

The Frenchman will face his mentor for the first time today and said: “In the past, I trained for six years at Lille, three years at Lyon and four at Nice and as a player I spent 25 years at the same club. It's important for me to respect clubs and contracts.

“But to stay for the same time at the same club like Arsene Wenger – difficult!

“I think he's a very good manager and also because his work is not just the present but always to build something – a club, a collective. I am the same, it is not just for the next game but for the future.

“I like to work for a long time and all my work is not just for one year but to develop and work with players as a collective."

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